The survey provides guidance on developing initiatives aimed at enhancing the New Zealand electricity hedge market. The objective is to develop an active market for exchange-traded electricity contracts and provide liquidity and open access for new entrant generators, retailers and consumers.

The hedge market survey is carried out approximately every two years and has been run in 2005, 2007 2009 2012 and 2014. It is anticipated that the next electricity hedge market survey will be carried out in the first quarter of 2016.