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Why power prices are rising and what to do about it

Market pricing of electricity began in 1991, and domestic power prices have risen faster than inflation, ever since. Prices will rise even faster under the Electricity Industry Act 2010, which creates new excuses for price hikes. It entrenches in law t Keep Reading

 

PowerPrice2LowforMeridian

Meridian Energy, having doubled its net profit to $184 million, says power prices are still too low. (Dominion Post 25 August, page C1). They say prices will have to rise to meet long-run energy costs. Keep Reading

 

Electricity move takes money out of your pocket

DEUN considers that Government’s recent policy decisions will lead to higher, not lower, prices to consumers. Keep Reading

 

Dumb meters to be steamrolled out

Minister Gerry Brownlee has just announced he will not regulate the roll-out of new meters to ensure consumers, as well as retailers, receive benefits. He said "the benefits would not outweigh the costs." Keep Reading

 

Price rises blamed on trivia: truth about policies

Meridian Energy, in its prospectus on renewable energy shares warns that Government's recent decisions will make power prices rise. It quotes "a mandatory floor on spot prices during conservation campaigns." This is a complete red herring. Keep Reading

 

Home Insulation problems - householders can do something about it.

A spate of house fires in Australia was reported recently, caused by macerated paper insulation coming in contact with downlights or exhaust fans. These both make hot spots in the ceiling. Is this a problem in New Zealand? Keep Reading

 

Regulation to protect consumers or investors?

This week, Molly looks at regulation in the electricity industry - does regulation protect consumers or investors? Keep Reading

 

Auckland Blackout - NOT a Third-World Power System

Monday's power cuts affected almost a tenth of Vector's customers. Some customers from the Waikato to Northland were affected, as well as those in Auckland. Auckland Mayor John Banks has described the region's power supply as 'third-world', but a more accurate description is 'could do better'. One lines company, Orion, is doing a good deal bette Keep Reading

 

Modern technology allows consumers to save money on power bills, but NZ is lagging on the uptake

This week Molly looks at how smart meters and smart tariffs can cut costs to consumers, secure supply, and reduce greenhouse emissions. Why is NZ so slow on the uptake of this technology? Keep Reading

 

The truth about real-time 'smart' meters

This week, Molly Melhuish looks at the truth behind 'Smart' Meters, or real-time meters, which are being installed by many power companies in households nationwide. Will they benefit the consumer or the power company? Keep Reading

 

The Electricity Industry Bill - A Triumph of Pragmatism over Analysis

Molly looks at the Electricity Industry Bill recently introduced to Parliament. Keep Reading

 

How does the Emissions Trading Scheme impact on electricity prices?

Molly looks at what the ETS means for household electricity prices. Keep Reading

 
 
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