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 ENA recently launched a social media campaign to encourage homeowners to safely arrange to have their trees trimmed away from power lines.
New Zealand’s 27 lines companies are sympathetic to the potential financial pain of their retailer partners as they are faced with the downstream challenges created by Covid-19 business lockdown.
But not at the expense of their own businesses’ viability.
Winter storms sometimes cause power outages as power lines get damaged by wind and trees.
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.
ENA’s third consumer reference panel was held in Wellington recently, and following the Electricity Price Review’s release, was able to focus meaningfully on price reform proposals.
A cross-sector energy hardship group will be established by the government to help ensure “energy hardship initiatives are well-considered, carefully co-ordinated and properly implemented”.