Our CPP application

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The Commerce Commission's Final Decision on our CPP Application

On 31 March 2021 the Commerce Commission announced their final decision on our CPP Application. See our response to the Commerce Commission's decision here. We would like to thank our customers and Customer Advisory Panel for providing feedback on our plan.

We look forward to delivering on our plan to carry out essential maintenance and upgrades needed to keep the network safe, resilient and able to meet expected electricity demand. Find out more about our major network projects here.

Visit the Commission’s website www.comcom.govt.nz/aurora for more information on its review and consultation process.

Our Application

On 12 June 2020, we made our application for a customised price-quality path (CPP) to the Commerce Commission for its review following consultation with residential and business, urban and rural customers across our network region.

Our revised CPP proposal detailed a three-year programme to continue essential investments, maintenance and upgrades to improve the safety, reliability and resilience of the electricity networks that supply Dunedin, Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes.

The proposal has been revised to reflect customers’ preferences, incorporate feedback from the independent verifier and to respond to the expected impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our CPP proposal addresses our customers’ key priorities of affordability, upholding safety, maintaining network reliability and preparing for the future.

Keeping costs down and doing the essential work

During our consultation, customers told us they wanted essential work to be done, but that the pricing was a real concern. We had that feedback front of mind in revising our proposal and kept the proposed price increases as low as possible without compromising essential safety work.

What did we propose in our CPP Application?

In case you don’t have time to read the full application, here are some key highlights of our revised proposal:

  • We have removed any additional spending and only retained what is urgently required for safety, reliability and to connect new customers
  • We will continue to provide our customers with the safe, reliable services they told us they want
  • We will address renewal backlogs and past under-investment and improve the health condition of critical network assets
  • We will continue to support the level of expected growth in demand and customer connections, adjusted for Covid‑19
  • We will prepare the network in readiness for future technology uptake
  • We will sustain good practice asset management with improved capability.

The CPP Application

Here is our CPP Application and supporting documents that we sent to the Commerce Commission. They explain the reasons for the proposal to increase investment in your electricity network and to set new reliability limits.




CPP application

Our application for a customised price-quality path (CPP), sets out our proposal for future network investment (price path) and reliability standards (quality path) for the three years ending 31 March 2024.



2020 Asset Management Plan

Our updated asset management plan supporting the CPP Application, details how we will manage and invest in the network over the ten years from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2030.



Consultation report

Summarises how we consulted customers on our future investment plans for the CPP period, the feedback we received and how we addressed it in our final CPP proposal.



CPP financial model

Provides the Building Blocks Allowable Revenue model that the Commission uses to calculate revenues for a regulated firm based on actual and forecast costs for the CPP period.


Financial and modelling information

Provides context and explanation for the information provided in the CPP Financial Model.


Verification Report

Independent engineering assessment by Farrier Swier and GHD of our proposed expenditure to assist the Commission in making its decisions.


The Commerce Commission's Final Decision on our CPP Application

On 31 March 2021 the Commerce Commission announced their final decision on our CPP Application. See our response to the Commerce Commission's decision here. We would like to thank our customers and Customer Advisory Panel for providing feedback on our plan.

We look forward to delivering on our plan to carry out essential maintenance and upgrades needed to keep the network safe, resilient and able to meet expected electricity demand. Find out more about our major network projects here.

Visit the Commission’s website www.comcom.govt.nz/aurora for more information on its review and consultation process.

Our Application

On 12 June 2020, we made our application for a customised price-quality path (CPP) to the Commerce Commission for its review following consultation with residential and business, urban and rural customers across our network region.

Our revised CPP proposal detailed a three-year programme to continue essential investments, maintenance and upgrades to improve the safety, reliability and resilience of the electricity networks that supply Dunedin, Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes.

The proposal has been revised to reflect customers’ preferences, incorporate feedback from the independent verifier and to respond to the expected impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our CPP proposal addresses our customers’ key priorities of affordability, upholding safety, maintaining network reliability and preparing for the future.

Keeping costs down and doing the essential work

During our consultation, customers told us they wanted essential work to be done, but that the pricing was a real concern. We had that feedback front of mind in revising our proposal and kept the proposed price increases as low as possible without compromising essential safety work.

What did we propose in our CPP Application?

In case you don’t have time to read the full application, here are some key highlights of our revised proposal:

  • We have removed any additional spending and only retained what is urgently required for safety, reliability and to connect new customers
  • We will continue to provide our customers with the safe, reliable services they told us they want
  • We will address renewal backlogs and past under-investment and improve the health condition of critical network assets
  • We will continue to support the level of expected growth in demand and customer connections, adjusted for Covid‑19
  • We will prepare the network in readiness for future technology uptake
  • We will sustain good practice asset management with improved capability.

The CPP Application

Here is our CPP Application and supporting documents that we sent to the Commerce Commission. They explain the reasons for the proposal to increase investment in your electricity network and to set new reliability limits.




CPP application

Our application for a customised price-quality path (CPP), sets out our proposal for future network investment (price path) and reliability standards (quality path) for the three years ending 31 March 2024.



2020 Asset Management Plan

Our updated asset management plan supporting the CPP Application, details how we will manage and invest in the network over the ten years from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2030.



Consultation report

Summarises how we consulted customers on our future investment plans for the CPP period, the feedback we received and how we addressed it in our final CPP proposal.



CPP financial model

Provides the Building Blocks Allowable Revenue model that the Commission uses to calculate revenues for a regulated firm based on actual and forecast costs for the CPP period.


Financial and modelling information

Provides context and explanation for the information provided in the CPP Financial Model.


Verification Report

Independent engineering assessment by Farrier Swier and GHD of our proposed expenditure to assist the Commission in making its decisions.


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