ENA’s consumer reference panel met recently, comprising a diverse group of sixteen consumer stakeholder representatives including Federated Farmers, the Property Investors’ Association, Fincap, Age Concern New Zealand, Multi-Cultural New Zealand and the Citizens' Advice Bureau.
The pandemic response plans in place and long practiced by electricity lines companies around the country meant lines companies have been well able to ‘weather the storm’ of the pandemic and keep New Zealand’s lights on.
The Electricity Networks Association is calling on the Electricity Authority to bring forward its investigation into whether lines charge reductions have been passed to consumers – because clearly they haven’t.
The National Party’s decision to remove the low fixed charge regulations for electricity consumption in its first 100 days if elected has been welcomed by the electricity retailers and electricity networks associations.
Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown (National) has drafted a private members’ bill to allow lines company vehicles to use flashing lights, requiring traffic to give them priority when responding to electrical emergencies.
Greens co-leader and Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, met with the ENA and one of his parting questions was around lines networks' capability to cope with the possibility of a rapidly accelerating uptake of electric vehicles.