What will be the impact on the line charges consumers pay?

    We’ll set out the expected impact of our proposed changes once we have developed our future investment plans. We will be asking customers for their feedback on different investment options and what they see as the right balance between the services they want and the prices they pay. 

    The CPP proposal we submit will include the expected impact on the line charges customers pay as part of their power bill. The Commerce Commission, following consultation with consumers and independent verification, will then set Aurora Energy’s expenditure allowances and maximum allowable line charge revenue under the CPP.  

    The line charges individual customers will pay from April 2021 onwards will depend on the outcome of the regulatory CPP process, how customers use energy and how retailers pass on any changes in network charges.

    Where can I find out more information about the CPP process?

    The Commerce Commission has more information about electricity distribution regulation and the CPP process here.

    Where can I find out more information about Aurora Energy’s future plans?

    In the past two years, we’ve done a lot of work on revising and updating our long term plans. You can read some of the key documents here.

    Our Asset Management Plan is updated each year and sets out the 10-year plan for how we will manage the network. A full Asset Management Plan was published in October 2018 and updated in March 2019.

    With the Commerce Commission, we commissioned an independent review on the state of our network, completed in in November 2018. Given the company’s major network renewal programme, we wanted independent assurance that we are targeting our proposed investments in the areas that need it most and will deliver the most safety and reliability benefits. The findings of the report were incorporated into our 2018 and 2019 Asset Management Plans.

    Our most recent annual report explains progress against our plans.

    The Commerce Commission regulates electricity distribution businesses and has prepared these overviews of sector regulation and the CPP process.