We asked how we should prioritise these issues when planning our work programme in the near term, particularly considering emerging issues that relate to New Zealand’s decarbonisation and use of new energy sector technologies (the “energy transition”) and the impacts of COVID-19.

Submissions on the open letter closed on 28 May 2021 and can be found below. We thank parties for their submissions and we will take these into consideration as we plan upcoming processes such as the reset of the default price-quality paths for Gas Pipeline Businesses, and upcoming statutory review of input methodologies under Part 4 of the Commerce Act.

Follow-up workshop to discuss the impact of decarbonisation on electricity lines services

A number of submissions to the Open Letter raised issues in relation to decarbonisation. We have scheduled a virtual workshop via Microsoft Teams to be held Tuesday 7 December to discuss these issues further. The link to RSVP is below.

To manage time effectively we are limiting discussions to the impact of decarbonisation on electricity lines services, focussing on how this issue specifically impacts our regulatory regime. We have excluded gas pipelines from discussion due to the current process for the reset of the default price-quality paths for this sector.

We are open to dialogue on issues outside of decarbonisation, including issues affecting airports, but expect that some of these issues can be better explored via other engagement channels ahead of formal processes commencing.

RSVPs close 5pm Friday 19 November 2021

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