City Financial Investment Company (New Zealand) Limited

In March 2017, City Financial complained to the Rulings Panel regarding a number of breaches of the Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010 that City Financial had alleged against Transpower New Zealand Limited. The Authority had previously considered the alleged breaches and declined to take further action on them under regulation 11 of the Electricity Industry (Enforcement) Regulations 2010.

The Rulings Panel received submissions from the parties to the complaint on the Rulings Panel's jurisdiction to hear the complaint. On 9 June 2017, the Rulings Panel decided to adjourn its consideration of the complaint until the High Court releases its decision on Unison Networks Limited's appeal of the Rulings Panel's jurisdiction decision on Solar City New Zealand Limited's complaint described below. The Rulings Panel reserved leave for City Financial to bring its complaint back before the Rulings Panel for further review if the High Court's decision is not available by 4 August 2017.

Solar City New Zealand Limited

In September 2016, Solar City complained to the Rulings Panel that Unison’s tariffs for retailers with residential customers on its network who have installed distributed generation breaches Part 6 of the Code.

On 16 January 2017, the Rulings Panel delivered its decision that it had jurisdiction to hear the dispute between Solar City and Unison. On 13 February 2017, Unison appealed to the High Court against the Rulings Panel’s decision. The Authority is the second respondent to the appeal.

On 19 June 2017, the High Court found that the Rulings Panel has no jurisdiction to hear Solar City’s complaint against Unison relating to Unison’s retail consumer tariff for consumers with distributed generation.