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New information on suppliers’ performance now available

Published on 11 October 2013

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Most electricity distribution businesses (EDBs), and Maui Development Limited, have now completed their first annual disclosures under the new information disclosure requirements set last year

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Orion’s customised price-quality path proposal: process, approach and lessons learned

Published on 27 August 2013

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On 29 July Sue Begg, the Commission’s Deputy Chair, attended the Network Resilience and Performance in Infrastructure Assets Conference in Auckland, to give an update on the Commission’s process and approach for evaluating Orion’s proposal for a customised price-quality path (CPP).

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How mature are electricity distributors’ asset management practices?

Published on 29 July 2013

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This year electricity distributors have, for the first time, publicly disclosed self-assessments of the maturity of their asset management practices. These assessments use the asset management maturity assessment tool, or ‘AMMAT’.

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Stakeholder presentation to the Energy Trusts of New Zealand

Published on 27 May 2013

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Dr John Hamill, General Manager Regulation, recently spoke to the Energy Trusts of New Zealand (ETNZ) about the Commerce Commission’s regulatory work in the electricity lines market.

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A more engaging approach to supporting compliance

Published on 29 April 2013

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We recently ran two seminars to help regulated suppliers get up to speed with our new information disclosure requirements for electricity distributors and gas pipeline businesses. They created a lot of interest, and set a path for how we will engage with stakeholdersin future, to help improve compliance.

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How much are electricity distributors investing and planning to invest?

Published on 25 March 2013

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Efficient investment in infrastructure is critical for the long term benefit of consumers in the New Zealand economy. In this article we provide some high level observations about past and possible future trends of investment in the electricity distribution sector.

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Feedback from our (Part 4) regulated industry stakeholders

Published on 20 December 2012

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The Commission is committed to improving its relationships with key stakeholders, including providing opportunities to give us feedback.

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First customised price-quality path proposals expected in 2013

Published on 23 November 2012

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The Commission expects to receive the first proposals for customised price-quality paths (CPPs) from electricity distribution businesses in early 2013.

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Supreme Court ruling - message from the Chair

Published on 23 November 2012

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Last week we received a much anticipated ruling from the Supreme Court following a challenge by Vector to our decision not to set a starting price input methodology for electricity distribution and gas pipeline services.

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