Buller Electricity Limited (BEL) is the local electricity distribution company supplying 4,600 consumers located on the northern West Coast of the South Island. The BEL distribution area extends from Meybille Bay in the south (5km north of Punakaiki), to Karamea in the north.
Much of the distribution area covered is rural incorporating significant dairy and beef farming, with main population being based in the Westport township. Coal mining at the Stockton opencast mine continues to be a major employer and electricity consumer in the region.
Established in 1947, the Company is owned by its consumers via the Buller Electric Power Trust. While our core activity is electricity distribution, Buller Electricity also operates an electrical contracting business (Electro Services Limited), and is a significant owner of the electricity retailer Pulse Energy Limited.