Distribution Pricing - Consumer Survey
Electricity distribution (i.e the local Marlborough Lines network) makes up 31% of a typical domestic consumer's annual power bill in Marlborough. The balance of the charges on your monthly invoice (issued by your electricity retailer) includes transmission, generation, retail, metering and other components.
Marlborough Lines recovers its revenue from electricity Retailers. The revenue is set and determined through electricity line delivery prices.
Electricity connections typically supply either residential, general and small business, large commercial/industrial, or an irrigation consumer. The costs that Marlborough Lines passes to Retailers through line delivery prices, typically depend on the consumer type, the capacity of the consumer connection (typically through a fixed price component) and the amount of electricity consumed (variable price component).
The Electricity Authority, which is one of the regulatory authorities that has responsibility for oversight of the electricity industry in New Zealand, has advocated that electricity network companies (such as Marlborough Lines) undertake cost-reflective pricing. In effect this means that the revenue recovered essentially matches the cost of supplying consumers. We look forward to receiving your feedback.