Key issues paper available for Commerce Commission’s assessment of Aurora Energy’s investment plan

30 Jul 2020

30 July 2020

The Commerce Commission has released its consultation paper on the key issues it has identified during its initial assessment of Aurora Energy’s plan to make its electricity network safer and maintain reliability.

The paper covers a range of issues the Commission wants feedback on including:

  • Options for minimising consumer price shocks
  • The length of the investment period
  • Consumer preferences on the communication, timing and management of planned and unplanned power cuts while Aurora Energy works to fix its network
  • Consumer and stakeholder confidence in Aurora Energy’s ability to deliver on its plan to time, budget and to a high quality, including how Aurora Energy should be held to account for completing the work
  • Whether the COVID-19 pandemic has changed consumer feedback on Aurora Energy’s proposal and how the Commission should account for growth and demand uncertainty caused by the pandemic
  • Ensuring Aurora Energy’s proposed spending is cost effective in areas like safety improvements, tree trimming, staffing and business costs and that it is targeting the right equipment for replacement at the right time.


Feedback on the Commission's key issues paper will help to shape the Commission's draft decision which it expects to release in November for consultation.

The issues paper, including a consumer summary and submission form, along with more information on the project can be found at www.comcom.govt.nz/aurora. Feedback can also be provided to the Commission by email to feedbackauroraplan@comcom.govt.nz. Consultation closes on 20 August 2020.

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