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


Consumer PowerSwitch - Easy Access To Cheap Power

Consumer PowerSwitch - Easy Access To Cheapest Power Deal

The new Consumer PowerSwitch information service will give consumers easy access to information about the cheapest power deal, Enterprise and Commerce Minister Max Bradford said.

The Consumers' Institute won the contract to run the service, which began today and will operate until at least 31 December 2000.

At the service launch Mr Bradford looked up what deals were available in his home city, Rotorua.

"The electricity reforms are about providing choice. However, many people don't know which electricity retailers they have to choose from in their area. This service will go a long way to equiping people with the information they need to make an informed switch to the best deal."

"Consumers will then be able to play a stronger role in keeping power prices down by forcing retailers to remain competitive," Mr Bradford said.

"Under the reforms 55 per cent or almost one million electricity consumers are paying, or can pay, lower power prices than they were paying a year ago.

"This service will make switching retailer easier and in doing so help consumers have more in the bank at the end of the week," he said.

The cost of establishing the service is $70,000 (excluding GST), $50,000 of which is being contributed by the Ministry of Commerce.

NB: there is a photo opportunity for media at 11am this morning at the Consumers' Institute, 4th floor, 39 Webb Street, Wellington


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news