Around seventy representatives from retailers, distributors, regulators and consumers attended ENA’s pricing reform update workshop in Wellington in November.
All electricity-related regulation of the distribution sector should be under the ambit of the Commerce Commission, and an energy ‘ambassador’ should be considered to amplify the voice of ordinary consumers, the ENA says.
A milestone was marked by Wellington Electricity last week with the completion of seismic remedial work at its Miramar substation as part of its three-year, $31.2 million earthquake preparedness programme.
Electricity distributors have welcomed a report on the status of New Zealand’s electricity industry, and will be preparing a detailed and measured response to its findings.
A Commerce Commission decision today shows the importance of giving electricity distributors greater flexibility in meeting their reliability standards without facing financial penalties.
Counties Power officially thanked their southern neighbours, WEL Networks, last week at a breakfast to recognise WEL crews for their storm response assistance.
Most people are unaware that they own the power lines that feed electricity from the poles and wires on the public roads to their house — and are therefore responsible for their safety and maintenance.
Approximately 180,000 Aucklanders had their power disrupted after strong winds caused massive damage to Vector’s network. A further 15,000 customers went without power in the Counties Manakau area.
Some households are paying more for a connection to the electricity grid than other households. Households who use more power are, in effect, cross-subsidising households that use less power.
Late January saw the Auckland Harbour Bridge lit up for the first time by Vector, using 90,000 LED lights and 200 floodlights - all solar powered.