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Changes to improve intermittent generation forecasts

The Electricity Authority Te Mana Hiko is bringing in changes to improve the accuracy of intermittent generation forecasts. We will implement a hybrid forecast…

Alignment statements due for Consumer Care Guidelines

The Electricity Authority Te Mana Hiko requires retailers who supply electricity, used fully or partly for domestic purposes, to provide their Consumer Care Gu…

Authority decides to improve comparison and switching

The Electricity Authority Te Mana Hiko has announced its decision to improve support for consumers in comparing and switching electricity plans and retailers. …

Watch our June update

Thanks to everyone who joined our quarterly update covering our work to achieve a secure and resilient, accessible and efficient energy system. Chief Executive…

Chair appointed for review into Northland power outage

The Electricity Authority Te Mana Hiko has appointed Sarah Sinclair as independent chair of its review into the Northland power outage after a transmission tow…

Code exemption granted to Lodestone Solar Limited

The Electricity Authority Te Mana Hiko has granted Lodestone Solar Limited an exemption from two clauses in the Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010 th…

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Natural gas and the electricity sector transition

The New Zealand Government has committed to net zero emissions by 2050 and fossil fuels are being phased out, including in the electricity sector. This article discusses the current and future use of natural gas in New Zealand’s electricity system.

Members of the Distribution Connection Pricing Technical Group appointed

The Electricity Authority Te Mana Hiko is pleased to announce the appointment of 11 members to its new Distribution Connection Pricing Technical Group. This gr…

Why has electricity demand been higher in 2024?

Demand for electricity comes from all over Aotearoa and includes everything from heating homes to smelting aluminium. In 2024, the monthly total electricity de…

UTS cross-submissions published

Submissions and cross-submissions on the Electricity Authority's preliminary decision on whether an undesirable trading situation occurred following 16 Febru…

Follow-up consultation opens to improve the default distributor agreement

The Electricity Authority Te Mana Hiko is seeking further feedback on proposed changes to improve the default distributor agreement template. The template sets…

Consumer Care Guidelines annual alignment statements due

The Electricity Authority would like to remind retailers that their alignment statement 2023/24 for the Consumer Care Guidelines is due by 9 August 2024. We wi…

Code obligation to submit spot price risk disclosure statements

Under the Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010 disclosing participants must prepare and submit spot price risk disclosure statements every quarter. Thi…

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The difference between winter peak capacity and dry year risk

The New Zealand electricity system provides reliable electricity around the clock, however, the system faces some challenges in achieving this. This article explains these issues and how the Electricity Authority Te Mana Hiko and the industry are working to provide more flexibility for the electricity system to mitigate these challenges.

How the HVDC balances electricity supply and demand

Electricity supply and demand differ across New Zealand’s two main islands. The South Island has abundant hydro generation, while the North Island is more populated and typically consumes more electricity. High-voltage direct current (HVDC) cables allow electricity produced in either island to flow to the other. This article explains how the electricity market reacts to changing supply and demand conditions using the HVDC.

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Financial transmission rights manager contract awarded

After undertaking a two-stage procurement process, the Electricity Authority Te Mana Hiko has awarded a contract for the management of financial transmission r…

Annual levy rates for 2024/25

The Electricity Authority’s annual levy rates have been calculated for the financial year ending 30 June 2025, in accordance with regulation 7 of the Electrici…

Non-compliance trends

The Electricity Authority continually monitors and enforces compliance, so that industry participants operate on a level playing field and consumers are treate…