Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Final Version Of Electricity Policy Statement Rele

Minister of Energy Pete Hodgson today released the final version of a Government Policy Statement on the further development of New Zealand’s electricity industry.

A draft of the Government Policy Statement was released as part of the Power Package on 3 October 2000 and submissions were invited from key industry participants and consumer groups. The Government sought technical improvements rather than substantial revision.

The statement sets out the Government’s views on electricity industry governance and its expectations for industry action to improve performance. The overall objective is to ensure that electricity is delivered in an efficient, fair, reliable and environmentally sustainable manner to all consumers.

The changes made from the draft version of the statement include:
 clarifying the wording in a number of the guiding principles;
 adding a new guiding principle requiring that the quality of electricity services, and in particular any trade-offs between quality and price, should as far as possible reflect customers' preferences;
 adding a requirement that generators disclose the reasons for hydro spill, as well as the amount, timing and location;
 clarification of the mechanism for imposing fines when the Ombudsman considers a company has breached market rules, including clarification that no double jeopardy arises.

"I would like to thank all those who made submissions for their valuable contribution," Mr Hodgson said. "I strongly encourage all interested parties to take an active and co-operative part in achieving the Government’s expectations."

Last week the Government tabled in Parliament an Electricity Industry Bill containing backstop regulation-making powers for the Energy Minister to introduce the changes required by the Government Policy Statement if the industry fails to deliver.

The final statement is available on the Ministry of Economic Development website ( A version showing the changes made to the draft is also available on the site.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election