Network tariffs are charged for supplying electricity and maintaining the network of poles, wires and other equipment that distribute power to customers' premises. Your chosen electricity retailer sells you electricity and sends you electricity bills, and pays Wellington Electricity directly for distributing electricity to your premises.
The price - or the network tariff - that we charge to distribute electricity to your premises is a portion of the amount that appears on the electricity bill issued by your retailer.
Network tariffs comprise two separate charges: a transmission tariff, which is paid to Transpower when electricity is delivered via its high-voltage network, and a distribution tariff, when it is delivered via Wellington Electricity's network. The network tariff represents the sum of the transmission and distribution tariffs.
Wellington Electricity’s line charges and pricing methodology are published to enable interested persons to understand how prices were set for each consumer group, including the assumptions and statistics used to determine prices for each consumer group.
A summary of our prices for the 2019/20 pricing year (which will be effective from 1 April 2019) is available for viewing below within the 1 April 2019 Wellington Electricity Lines Charges Notice.
The key points to note in relation to our pricing this year are:
- a modest reduction in our household and commercial pricing categories, while still providing additional earthquake readiness investment into our network
- a 2.02% increase in streetlight pricing to reflect the Consumer Price Index increase and the costs of maintaining the streetlight network
- we continue to support the uptake of Electric Vehicles and Household Battery Storage systems through our Electric Vehicle and Battery (EVB) pricing
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