30 August 2017

The Authority approved an amendment to a settlement agreement (approved by the Authority on 15 October 2015) between The Power Company Limited, Electricity Invercargill Limited, Meridian Energy Limited, Powershop New Zealand Limited and the Electricity Authority in its role of the market administrator concerning breaches by The Power Company Limited and Electricity Invercargill Limited.

The original settlement agreement required The Power Company and Electricity Invercargill as metering equipment providers (MEPs) to donate the charged lease fee for each uncertified metering installation after 1 September 2016 to a charity agreed with the Authority. For various reasons there were delays in certifying the meters. Consequently the lease fees that the two MEPs accrued from uncertified meters was substantial.

The parties to the settlement agreed that payment of $100,000 to the Southland Warm Homes Trust would be a fair amount to settle the matter.

The Authority considered the intention of the settlement agreement was to incentivise the two MEPs to speed up the recertification process and not be overly punitive. The Authority also considered the payment was sufficient for the non- compliance.

27 June 2017

The following settlement agreement was reached by MainPower New Zealand Limited, Transpower New Zealand Limited as the grid owner and Transpower New Zealand Limited as the system operator concerning alleged breaches by MainPower and the grid owner. MainPower and the grid owner failed to coordinate protection settings for a new 66 kV feeder commissioned at the Southbrook substation providing supply to MainPower. When a fault occurred, the feeder's protection settings caused an unnecessary loss of supply.

28 October 2016

The following settlement agreement was reached between Alpine Energy Limited and the Electricity Authority concerning breaches of Part 6 of the Code alleged against Alpine by an installer of distributed generation (a non-participant). Regulation 18(b)(ii) of the Electricity Industry (Enforcement) Regulations 2010 requires the Authority to stand in for a non-participant as a party to an investigation and any settlement agreement that arises from it.

28 October 2016

Last updated: 2nd November 2016

15 October 2015

The following settlement agreement was reached by The Power Company Limited, Electricity Invercargill Limited, Meridian Energy Limited, Powershop New Zealand Limited and the Electricity Authority in its role of the market administrator concerning alleged breaches by The Power Company Limited and Electricity Invercargill Limited. The Power Company Limited and Electricity Invercargill Limited failed to have all their interim certified metering installations certified by 1 April 2015.

15 October 2015

The following settlement agreement was reached by Contact Energy Limited, Meridian Energy Limited and Powershop New Zealand Limited concerning alleged breaches by Contact Energy. Contact Energy failed to have all its interim certified metering installations certified by 1 April 2015.

15 October 2015

The following settlement agreement was reached by Transpower New Zealand Limited as the system operator, Meridian Energy Limited and Contact Energy Limited concerning alleged breaches by the system operator. The system operator incorrectly modelled the contingent event risk associated with a planned HVDC harmonic filter outage.

15 October 2015

The following settlement agreement was reached by Alpine Energy Limited, Meridian Energy Limited and the Authority as the market administrator concerning alleged breaches by Alpine Energy. Alpine failed to have all its interim certified metering installations certified by 1 April 2015.

18 August 2015

The following settlement agreement was reached by Transpower New Zealand Limited as the system operator , Meridian Energy Limited and Contact Energy Limited concerning alleged breaches by the system operator. The system operator incorrectly modelled reserve requirements on three occasion.

26 June 2015

The following settlement agreement was reached by Transpower New Zealand Limited as the grid owner and Transpower New Zealand Limited as the system operator concerning alleged breaches by the grid owner. The grid owner did not ensure a circuit breaker at its Stoke substation was capable of operating within the limits of its asset capability statement

26 June 2015

The following settlement agreement was reached by Transpower New Zealand Limited as the grid owner, Transpower New Zealand Limited as the system operator and Genesis Energy Limited concerning alleged breaches by the grid owner. The grid owner discovered that it does not have compliant duplicate 220 kV main protection systems in place for its cable connection to Huntly Unit 5.

26 June 2015

The following settlement agreement was reached by Transpower New Zealand Limited as the grid owner and Transpower New Zealand Limited as the system operator concerning an alleged breach by the grid owner. The grid owner did not ensure a transformer at its Fernhill substation was capable of being operated within the limits stated in its asset capability statement.

26 February 2015

The following settlement agreement was reached by Vector, Transpower New Zealand Limited as the grid owner, Transpower New Zealand Limited as the system operator and Genesis Energy concerning alleged breaches by Vector and the grid owner. Vector and the grid owner failed to coordinate protection settings at Albany, causing a loss of supply.

19 December 2014

The following settlement agreement was reached by Meridian Energy, Transpower New Zealand Limited as the system operator and Genesis Energy concerning a breach by Meridian Energy. Meridian, during a grid emergency, reduced its instantaneous reserve offer without having a bona fide physical reason to do so.

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