Flicks idea is a good one, but many can't be bothered with micro managing usage on a continual basis. We had a winter spike period, now a summer spike period. I will stay on EK.
I don’t bother with micro managing usage, but the large variability in prices (and bills) is a bit of a pain. I realise it’s what you sign up for though. At least I’m able to go to EK if I want now (during the winter spike my property was blocked on the EK website as I was a Flick customer).
My issue is, when there is a spike, do you avoid or reduce usage? I don't. The buffer that I have is built into EK pricing, I pay a bit more, they use that to buffer their spike buy prices. Flick users need to not worry about higher spike prices, just use power as they normally do, and provide the own buffer, or just accept the higher bill, knowing many others will be lower. But the reality is it becomes "oh no, turn everything off". Once you get lower prices, then lose an amount of that with high prices, or foregoing warmth or cooling to save money, is it really that worth it?
Im in ChCh there has been no rain (a very small and short amount right now) it will be 33 Saturday, 31 Sunday, 28 Monday. The dry spell may be the story of the summer this year, so the spikes may be ongoing or on and off all summer, possibly.