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


Hodgson limits falling electricity charges

Pansy Wong National Energy Spokesperson

1 February 2001

Hodgson limits falling electricity charges

The Minister of Energy can say all he likes about electricity consumers deserving 'a better deal', but he only has himself to blame, National's Energy spokesperson Pansy Wong said today.

"The slower delivery of price reductions for electricity consumers than experts expected, is because of the continual lack of regulatory certainty and industry consolidation.

Ms Wong's comments follow the annual Gemini Ernst & Young Electricity Distribution Company Analysis, which examines electricity lines companies' performance.

"The same analysis in 1999 indicated there was a potential for an average 10% drop in line charges. But this week's analysis reveals that line charges have only reduced by 5% in real terms.

"Pete Hodgson's politicking is to blame. He has single-handedly caused regulatory uncertainty. The Government had its chance to bring down line charges but refused to support legislation designed to achieve that.

"National's legislation would have subjected lines companies to comprehensive audits by the Commerce Commission to put a lid on excessive profiteering. Such decisive action could have been in place by now with all New Zealand electricity consumers reaping the benefits.

The Government's Electricity Industry Bill, which is currently before select committee, falls well short of giving the distribution industry a transparent and decisive legislative regime," Pansy Wong said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news