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Ergon Energy to Distribute MicroPlanet Voltage Management Products

MicroPlanet has entered into a agreement with Ergon Energy for the distribution of its voltage management products to customers in Australia.

With an asset base of $6.7 billion and more than 4,000 employees, Ergon Energy distributes electricity to approximately 600,000 customers in regional Queensland, Australia. Its network is the largest of its kind operated by a single distributor, which comprises more than 150,000 kilometers of electricity lines, about 1 million power poles and 70,000 substations.

"Ergon Energy is utilizing the MicroPlanet technology internally to help improve the quality of supply of our electricity network," General Manager Ken Ash said. "We have initially purchased 3,000 MicroPlanet systems for our own network, and based on the success of these programs, we entered into the distribution agreement to supply the product to other utilities and commercial customers facing similar network challenges."

"While we originally intended to utilize the new technology on single wire earth return (SWER) networks, we are now expecting there will be a much wider application for the (MicroPlanet) product, including energy conservation," said Ash.

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