How the Commission worked - archive
The Commission was governed by a Board appointed by the Minister of Energy and Resources of no fewer than five members and no more than nine. Members held office for a term of up to three years and could be reappointed. Members were appointed on the basis of their extensive knowledge of, or experience in, the electricity industry, electricity markets, regulatory processes and public policy.
The Board established five Committees to which it delegated certain responsibilities - the Electricity Governance Rules Committees, the System Operations Committee, the Undesirable Trading Situations Committee, the Risk and Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee. The Commission also appointed and funded the Rulings Panel a dispute resolution and disciplinary body that determined complaints and disputes brought to it under the Rules and Regulations.
Commission operations were led by a General Manager, which was the Commission's Senior Executive position. Given the complexity of work and relationships within the industry and government, the Chair and the General Manager worked together closely.
The Commission worked with other Government agencies and departments on various aspects of its work programme. These included the Ministry for the Environment, Commerce Commission, Ministry of Economic Development (now MBIE), Ministry for Consumer Affairs, and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).
The Commerce Commission and the Commission worked closely to ensure that their respective roles were well coordinated, and to minimise any scope for uncertainties regarding jurisdictional issues, eg. the Market Development Programme.
The Commission had Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with both the Commerce Commission and ECCA. These defined the functions of the respective organisations so that duplication of work was avoided and the organisations worked together effectively.
The Commission was funded by appropriations from Parliament, recovered by levies on electricity industry participants. Different rates were levied on generators, retailers, direct supply customers, lines companies and Transpower.
The Commission consulted annually on its proposed levy requirements, then made a request to Government for its appropriations. The levy requirements covered electricity governance and market operations (the funding of Service Providers, regulatory development, compliance and enforcement) reserve energy and emergency measures, and electricity efficiency.
Memorandum of Understanding between Commerce Commission and Electricity Commission - Protocol on improving incentives for electricity distribution business 2008
Memorandum-of-Understanding-between-Commerce-Commission-and-Electricity-Commission-Protocol-on-improving-incentives-for-electricity-distribution-business-2008.pdf | pdf | 624 KB | Last Changed: 27/10/2010 1:10pm
Memorandum of Understanding between Commerce Commission and Electricity Commission - Protocol on improving incentives for electricity distribution businesses, 13 November 2008
Memorandum-of-Understanding-between-Commerce-Commission-and-Electricity-Commission-2008.pdf | pdf | 4.9 MB | Last Changed: 27/10/2010 1:10pm
Memorandum of Understanding between Commerce Commission and Electricity Commission, as amended on 13 November 2008.
Memorandum of Understanding between Commerce Commission and Electricity Commission - Protocol on transmission arrangements 2008
Memorandum-of-Understanding-between-Commerce-Commission-and-Electricity-Commission-Protocol-on-transmission-arrangements-2008.pdf | pdf | 2.2 MB | Last Changed: 27/10/2010 1:10pm
Memorandum of Understanding between Commerce Commission and Electricity Commission - Protocol on transmission arrangements, 13 November 2008.
Memorandum-of-Understanding-between-EECA-and-the-Electricity-Commission-2008.pdf | pdf | 571 KB | Last Changed: 27/10/2010 1:10pm
Memorandum of Understanding between Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and the Electricity Commission November 2008.