What we do
Consumers' best interests are at the heart of everything we do. We work to achieve a competitive, reliable and efficient electricity market for the long-term benefit of everyone in New Zealand.
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Our role as a regulator
As New Zealand's electricity regulator, we:
- Monitor, inform and educate
We monitor market behaviour and make data, information and tools available to help improve understanding of the electricity markets by consumers and industry participants.
- Operate the electricity system and markets
We are responsible for the efficient day-to-day operation of the electricity system and markets through contracted service providers.
- Enforce compliance
We monitor, investigate and enforce compliance with the Electricity Industry Act 2010, its Regulations and the Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010 by industry participants to create a fair and competitive market.
- Promote market development
We propose amendments to the Code to deliver better outcomes for consumers today and in the future.
- Protect the interests of consumers
We are responsible for protecting the interests of domestic and small business consumers in relation to the dealings of industry participants supplying their electricity.
We're a strategy-led organisation that takes a proactive approach to meet our statutory objectives and help New Zealand achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Our projects focus on five core areas:
- System security and resilience
- Enabling investment and innovation
- Consumer protection
- Monitoring, compliance, education and enforcement
- Building trust and confidence in the industry.
Through our projects we're working with the sector to ensure Aotearoa's low-emissions transition happens efficiently, whilst maintaining security and reliability of supply.
Providing electricity data, metrics and tools
We provide tools and resources to enable you to make informed choices, these include:
- Your meter - Finds all of the information you will need about your home or business connection to the electricity network. Use your meter
- Trading conduct reports - Learn what's happening in the wholesale market and see if any trading periods have been highlighted for further analysis. View reports
- Access to consumer data - We provide access to consumption, tariff and connection data. Learn more
- EMI website - Our platform for publishing reliable market data, performance metrics, and analytical tools. Find data on retailer market share, consumer switching and wholesale pricing. Visit EMI
- Industry guidelines - Get technical information and advice in our best practice industry guidelines. Search industry guidelines
Providing advice to government
We provide proactive advice to government on key issues and electricity-related legislation. The Minister responsible for the Electricity Authority is the Minister of Energy and Resources.
- Letter of expectations - We've received the following letters of expectation from our Responsible Minister:
Letter of expectations 2023/24 and our response and report on section 44B(2) matters
Letter of expectations 2022/23 and our response
Letter of expectations 2021/22 and our response
Working with other agencies
We work with several organisations to share information, assist in our respective roles and functions, and support cross-government efforts to achieve net zero emissions.
We are also part of the Council of Energy Regulators with the Commerce Commission, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, Gas Industry Company, and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The Council facilitates a whole-of-system approach to risks, issues and opportunities within the energy markets regulatory system.