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3 March 2020
Welcome to Market Brief, the Electricity Authority’s weekly update on regulatory and market developments.


Next steps on Authority strategy development

We have published the written feedback we received on our draft strategy themes document. Thank you to everyone who sent in feedback and attended the workshops we held recently. We are in the process of summarising the feedback and the input we received from the three workshops.
We are planning our next workshop for the afternoon of Wednesday, 8 April 2020. We intend to cover the five-year themes of action that sit underneath each of the headings in the strategy, and our work programme for financial year 2020/21. We will send out further details in the coming weeks, but for now please save the date in your calendars.
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TPM supplementary consultation closing today

Submissions on the transmission pricing methodology supplementary consultation paper close at 5pm today. We will publish the submissions on our website tomorrow.

If you consider the Authority should not publish any part of your submission please clearly indicate which information should not be published, explain why, and provide a version of your submission or cross-submission that can be published for the Authority’s consideration.

Please note all submissions received, including any parts that are not published, can be requested and may be released under the Official Information Act 1982.
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Call for nominations for IPAG Chair and MDAG Chair

We are calling for nominations for independent chairs of both the Market Development Advisory Group (MDAG) and the Innovation and Participation Advisory Group (IPAG).

New Chair terms start 30 May 2020. An Advisory Group Chair’s term is normally for three years, but both current Chairs have served for shorter terms due to the prior Chairs resigning early.

More details, including the nomination form, the Charter for Advisory Groups and the Terms of Reference for the Advisory Groups, are available on our website.

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday, 27 March 2020.

Call for nominations for Standing Data Formats Group

We are calling for nominations for two trader members, two metering equipment provider (MEP) members and a distributor member to join the Standing Data Formats Group (SDFG). The SDFG provides independent advice to the Authority on information exchange protocols between:
  • participants and the market operation service providers
  • participants and consumers
  • participants and third party providers.
Nominations and accompanying documents should be emailed to with ‘Nomination for SDFG membership’ in the subject line by 5pm on Tuesday, 24 March 2020.

Further information about the SDFG, nomination process and accompanying documents are available on our website.
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Reminder: Open Networks - Standards Forum - March 2020

The Authority is hosting a second Open Networks forum in Wellington on Thursday, 19 March 2020 focusing on standards. This is a follow up to the first forum held on 19 November 2019 and will include:

  • updates and discussions on standards development in the industry, including presentations from Westpower and WEL Networks
  • discussion on standards that were suggested at the first forum
  • pilot, trial and investigation networking session.

Please register if you wish to attend this event.

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Current consultations

Raising consumer awareness of Utilities Disputes and Powerswitch services - closing today

Ending: 03/03/2020 5.00pm

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Supplementary consultation paper: Transmission pricing methodology: 2019 issues paper – closing today

Ending: 03/03/2020 5.00pm

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