Essential Energy is a NSW Government-owned corporation with responsibility for building, operating and maintaining Australia’s largest electricity network that spans 95 per cent of New South Wales’ land mass and parts of southern Queensland.
Essential Energy delivers essential electricity network services to more than 800,000 homes and businesses in 1,500 regional, rural and remote communities across extremes of terrain and climate.
Essential Energy also provides water and sewerage services to 20,000 customers in Far West NSW.
Responsible for building and maintaining almost 200,000 kilometres of powerlines, 1.4 million power poles, 136,000 distribution substations and 326 zone substations that span a diverse geographical area.
With employees based in depots and offices across three regions, Essential Energy is one of the largest employers in regional NSW.
Funding of Essential Energy’s electricity distribution network is through a five-yearly distribution network revenue determination made by the Australian Energy Regulator in accordance with the National Electricity Law and National Electricity Rules economic regulatory framework.
Essential Energy’s three key priority areas are continuously improving safety performance for employees, contractors and the community, ensuring the reliability, security and sustainability of the network, while striving to contain average increases in network charges to CPI or below.