This webpage is to be considered the primary and current resource for our Pricing Roadmap.
Waipa Networks is currently transitioning from legacy price plans to more more cost-reflective pricing and has chosen the ‘Time of Use’ approach where peak/shoulder/off-peak time periods have different prices applicable. We have chosen this approach over other methods as we believe it is the easiest for customers to understand given their familiarity with the cents/unit energy pricing. Customers can therefore understand the benefits of shifting or reducing peak electricity usage and those benefits are immediately realised through savings on the electricity bill (assuming the Electricity Retailer has provided the customer a time of use Retail plan that aligns with our time periods and price signalling ).
Advanced Uncontrolled (peak/shoulder/off-peak) is largely optional, but became compulsory for all new connections and connections with Distributed Generation from 1 April 2017. Our reason for this is to encourage those that (for example) are building new houses or investing in solar power to make efficient decisions in terms of electrical wiring, appliances and energy management.
The following shows the transition timetable. The timetable will be reviewed annually in consultation with Electricity Retailers.
|1 April 2016
|Advanced Uncontrolled plan introduced. Available to all ICPs with Advanced Metering. Compulsory for all existing ICPs with Time of Use (HHR) metering.
Generation Export plan introduced. Compulsory for all ICPs with Distributed Generation.
Existing Day/Night plan (WAx6 and WAx7) closed to new ICPs.
|1 April 2017
|Advanced Uncontrolled plan compulsory for all ICPs with Distributed Generation.
Existing Uncontrolled plans (WAx2) closed – No ICPs may change to this plan.
New requirements around 400V Capacity Contract.
Existing Day/Night plan eliminated.
New BTS price plan created for use during construction phase only.
|1 April 2019||Advanced All Inclusive plan introduced as an option for ICPs currently on the legacy All Inclusive price plan.
Legacy Uncontrolled (WAx2) plans reopened – available to ICPs where AMI is not available due to unavailability of coms or if customer refuses an AMI meter.
|1 April 2020
|All ICPs with AMI still on Uncontrolled move to Advanced Uncontrolled.
All ICPs with AMI still on All Inclusive/single register will move to Advanced All Inclusive.
Waipa Networks began consultation with Electricity Retailers in 2015 prior to the introduction of new pricing on 1 April 2016. As a result of their valuable feedback, our timetable was modified to allow time for metering and billing systems to be upgraded.
We also consulted with the Electricity Authority around the need for new Register Content Codes for our Peak/Off-Peak/Shoulder time periods. The EA sent these out for consultation and they were approved in March 2016.
Electricity Retailers were also consulted late in 2016 and a new BTS price plan was introduced to the timetable.
Retailer consultation occurred again late in 2018 and the roadmap and timetable was adjusted to cater for non-AMI metering. The shifting of the bulk of ICPs to the new Advanced plans was also pushed out from 1 April 2019 to 1 April 2021 recognising that many Retailers still did not have billing systems set up to provide TOU data and that one large Retailer had only just begun its AMI rollout. (Update November 2020 – this has been deferred to 1 April 2022 and will follow a Pricing Methodology review in 2021).
Waipa Network’s consultation with electricity customers has been mindful of the fact that we have an interposed relationship with them and that pricing is ultimately determined by their Electricity Retailer. The Price Categories and lines pricing are effectively signals only to the Electricity Retailer and they are not required to pass these signals on to the customer. Our focus has therefore been on consultation with the Retailers, while keeping customers informed of progress and signalling where lines pricing is going and therefore Retail pricing is likely to go if the Retailers reflect this.
Waipa Networks has provided all customers with newsletters (March 2016 and March 2017) announcing our move to more cost reflective pricing, our reasons for doing so, and our progress to date. We have also published information on our website.
Waipa Networks is also engaging with customers through our membership of the Electricity Networks Association’s Consumer Engagement Working Group. A significant part of the Group’s work is around consumer engagement in relation to future pricing options.
While Waipa Networks is further progressed than other Distributors in relation to the new pricing options, we recognise that the emergence and uptake of new technologies such as solar generation, electric vehicles and battery storage requires us to continue to consult with and inform stakeholders at each stage of our journey.
Waipa Networks does not anticipate the need for additional resources to transition to Time of Use (Peak/Off-Peak/Shoulder) pricing. An external party however is being engaged in 2021 to review and update our Pricing Methodology along with our pricing models.
Our communication mediums include our customer service staff, customer newsletters, our website, and social media.
Our billing systems are under review however no additional costs for Waipa Networks are anticipated with the move to Time of Use pricing. Some additional costs are anticipated for Retailers whose AMI rollout plans would need to be brought forward to accommodate our pricing implementation timetable.