Intellihub announces smart meter signing with Trustpower
Intellihub recently announced the signing of a long-term smart metering deployment and services agreement to roll-out up to 150,000 smart meters to Trustpower’s customers across New Zealand over the next three years. The agreement is the first major deal Intellihub has made in New Zealand and since its acquisition of Origin’s Acumen business in Australia in June, this means Intellihub now has contracts to deliver in excess of 1 million smart meters across Australia and New Zealand in the coming years, creating a significant scale for the business.
Chief Executive of the Intellihub Group Adrian Clark said: “After completing a 12 month proof-of-concept with the Tauranga-based generator-retailer, we are delighted to join Trustpower on their journey as the last of the country’s five large power retailers to complete its smart meter roll-out and we have setup our New Zealand business to deliver a more innovative and customer focused offering.
Trustpower General Manager Simon Clarke said: “Trustpower is delighted to be partnering with an innovative metering service specialist in Intellihub. It is a partnership that we hope will provide a step change to the smart metering services that we’ve seen to date across New Zealand and will give us a competitive advantage. This is a major milestone for Trustpower and we think that Intellihub’s entry as an independent non-retailer, non-lines company will be good in the long term for the market. As well as a successful deployment program, we are also looking forward to continuing to collaborate with Intellihub on an ongoing basis to work on new innovations and services that can be provided by us to our customers.”
Mr Clark said: “Smart metering technology today can offer communities so much more than electricity metering, and Intellihub is committed to working with Trustpower and other stakeholders on a smart cities blueprint for the Tauranga district. The unique relationship and strong local ties that Trustpower has with the people of Tauranga, make this an ideal location to pioneer a smart cities model that can be more broadly adopted.” Clarke says, “future innovations could include smart grid services, street lighting and water meters.” He says “Powerco, who operates the Tauranga network, is also quite keen to work with Trustpower to achieve their own outcomes in terms of smart-grid services.”