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  Reply # 1682734 5-Dec-2016 17:30
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zerkms:

 

timmmay:

 

 whereas the line saving was 6.6c/kwh. It's effectively a stealth price rise by WE.

 

 

 

 

It actually has increased from 1.89c/kWh to 11.58c/kWh. So it's 9.69c/kWh difference (or 11.14c after GST is applied). 

 

 

 

 

Isn't there some restriction about only increasing inline with CPI or something? This net effect of this change is an increase that is substantially in excess of that.

 

 


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  Reply # 1682735 5-Dec-2016 17:31
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I'll have to see how much would it cost to install a controlled meter and move my hot water cylinder over...


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1682759 5-Dec-2016 17:34
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dolsen:

 

 

 

Isn't there some restriction about only increasing inline with CPI or something? This net effect of this change is an increase that is substantially in excess of that.

 

 

That's what they have in the latest plans effective from Jan 5th...

 

 

 

Oh, I see now - my apologies, my numbers are for "low user". For standard users it changed from 1.73 to 7.25 = 5.52 (6.35 with gst)


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  Reply # 1682775 5-Dec-2016 18:07
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zerkms:

 

timmmay:

 

 whereas the line saving was 6.6c/kwh. It's effectively a stealth price rise by WE.

 

 

 

 

It actually has increased from 1.89c/kWh to 11.58c/kWh. So it's 9.69c/kWh difference (or 11.14c after GST is applied). 

 

 

I was paying line charge around 6c/kwh before, now 11c/kwh.





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  Reply # 1682784 5-Dec-2016 18:22
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What was the point in WE doing that? It costs them literally nothing to deliver electricity offpeak as their network capacity is determined by peak demand. Incidentally, they can expect peak demand to incrementally increase now as their domestic customers have no incentive to time-shift. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

 

 

 

Reminds me how much I should appreciate Orion, with a 1.1 cent per kwh charge during nights and weekends


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  Reply # 1682793 5-Dec-2016 18:37
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Did a quick math and I get a 5-10% increase in price ... stink!

 

 

 

I still end up saving about ~17% from powershop (stead of ~22%), so flick still looks alright to me ..


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  Reply # 1682850 5-Dec-2016 19:19
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Will be interesting to see how the weekly email of you saved x% average flickster saved x changes.. I was always 5% below the average....

 

If it's a 5% increase might just balance it all out..





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  Reply # 1682959 5-Dec-2016 20:55
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Someone mentioned this already, but it's effectively a price rise. Isn't there a regulation that prevents them doing this? I expect they'll have had their lawyers look it over to make sure they can get away with it.

 

Wellington Electricity seems like an investment company, rather than a power company - I think they're owned by overseas interests. My few interactions have been semi regular power cuts in winter due to overloading, an 8 month delay approving use of power poles for UFB, and now this.

 

nickb800:

 

What was the point in WE doing that? It costs them literally nothing to deliver electricity offpeak as their network capacity is determined by peak demand. Incidentally, they can expect peak demand to incrementally increase now as their domestic customers have no incentive to time-shift. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

 

Reminds me how much I should appreciate Orion, with a 1.1 cent per kwh charge during nights and weekends

 

 

Given there's no competition I guess the logic was "we can increase the price, make more money, and there's nothing they can do about it".

 

droopanu:

 

Did a quick math and I get a 5-10% increase in price ... stink!

 

I still end up saving about ~17% from powershop (stead of ~22%), so flick still looks alright to me ..

 

 

A very small sample from eyeballing a few days data says I use around 10 units of power overnight, on water heating, dishwasher, heating, and sometimes the clothes drier. Some days it's 7, some days it's 15. But that means on average I will spend 60c per day extra, which is 20 - 25% of the savings moving to Flick. It's most annoyance at the arrogance that they can raise prices like that.

 

 





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  Reply # 1682961 5-Dec-2016 20:56
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What was the point in WE doing that? It costs them literally nothing to deliver electricity offpeak as their network capacity is determined by peak demand. Incidentally, they can expect peak demand to incrementally increase now as their domestic customers have no incentive to time-shift.



I suspect the have spare capacity so they go x customer s leave but the rest that stay results in a pure profit. This parts the losses as the now get more c per kilowatt

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  Reply # 1682964 5-Dec-2016 21:05
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If anyone has an electric vehicle (in Wellington) with > 12kW/h battery, I suggest you investigate the EVNITE rate, cheap power for the whole house 9PM - 7AM. Unless they are removing this as well (I don't have an EV to be on that plan).

 

For me, the network charge component is going to increase ~33% on average.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1682985 5-Dec-2016 22:36
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KrazyKid:
I suspect the have spare capacity so they go x customer s leave but the rest that stay results in a pure profit. This parts the losses as the now get more c per kilowatt

 

 

 

How do customers leave?  Up sticks and move the family to a region whose lines company does offer a night rate?


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  Reply # 1683002 6-Dec-2016 06:44
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Perhaps one or more of the retailers have put pressure on WE to stop offering Flick the special rates we have been enjoying? Maybe Flick is attracting enough customers to make the other retailers nervous?


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  Reply # 1683043 6-Dec-2016 08:21
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luckiestmanalive:

 

Perhaps one or more of the retailers have put pressure on WE to stop offering Flick the special rates we have been enjoying? Maybe Flick is attracting enough customers to make the other retailers nervous?

 

 

It won't happen unfortunately. Retailers have to abide by their UoSA with the network company and they don't have much leeway.

 

It's a dickhead move by Wellington Electricity, this sort of s**t is what stifles innovation by consumers.


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  Reply # 1683057 6-Dec-2016 08:56
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I'm in Wgtn and haven't received the email about increased rates from 11-7

 

Yes it will be interesting to see whether they are still the best provider for our home

 

Does anyone know whether the powerswitch calculator took into account for the Flick Uncontrolled plan the 'Smart Plan' 11-7 rates for wgtn ?

 

 


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  Reply # 1683131 6-Dec-2016 09:56
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You could look at switching to genesis energy's esaver plan which is still showing the day / night rates (the page here https://www.genesisenergy.co.nz/ni-esaver-terms says that the esaver prices are fixed for 12 months).

 

Current prices (for low users, excl gst).

 

Variable Day** - cents/kWh 26.15
Variable Night** - cents/kWh  13.65

 

For high users the values are 18.58 , 11.24  and 1.71/day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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