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Topic # 224242 9-Nov-2017 09:27
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The Commerce Commission has today launched a new online data visualisation tool to make information about the performance of the country’s 29 electricity lines companies more accessible.

The tool uses Tableau data visualisation software to present information on each lines company’s revenue, profitability, capital and operating expenditure, and network reliability, including the duration and frequency of power outages. The tool presents data that the regulated lines companies have been required to disclose over the past five years.

Commission Deputy Chair Sue Begg said the release of the tool builds on the Commission’s decision in June this year to publish annual one-page summaries of each company’s performance.

“This project aims to make the performance of electricity lines companies more easily understandable. By shining a light on their performance we hope to provide them with greater incentives to improve their performance for the long-term benefits of their customers, ”Ms Begg said. 

“We welcome feedback on the usefulness of the tool including its content, presentation, usability and functionality.

We plan to build on it over time, by adding more data on asset condition, as well as exploring ways to allow easier comparisons between lines companies.”

The tool can be viewed here

 





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  Reply # 1898090 9-Nov-2017 09:34
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Yeah that's all well and good,

 

But for the residential consumer its not like you can up and change your lines company if you think you are getting a bad deal  :(


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  Reply # 1898099 9-Nov-2017 09:57
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Something that staggered me about dealing with a lines company ...

 

We needed a supply upgrade for a commercial property.  So we had to make a capital contribution to the required transformer and the reticulation assets outside of our property boundary.  The contribution was a substantial % of the asset value.

 

The lines company owned the assets, which they capitalised onto their books.  We then paid normal local lines charges for the supply capacity we were getting, despite having funded associated assets.  No competition so no choice and no bargaining power as we needed most of the surplus capacity available in that area.  The net outcome was a private donation to a community owned public asset, with no recognition of that by way of a subsequent discount.

 

Odd.

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1898294 9-Nov-2017 13:20
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Could have been worse. You could have made a private donation to a privately owned private asset.

 

If the upgrade was only for capacity and not consumption, how would the supplier recoup the investment without your contribution?

 

If your average consumption did increase what would the payback period be for the supplier?

 

OT but I have seen a similar case - I know a firm that paid 100% of the fee to Chorus for fibre to be supplied to their area (2-5 kms ) only to find that a fibre service was subsequently offered to others in the area ......


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  Reply # 1898316 9-Nov-2017 14:05
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The things the Commerce Commission does to tick boxes on innovation huh. 

 

What use is this to average jo public.  

 

Also its not as if a local authority can just 'sack the existing lines company' and ask someone else to install lines in their city. 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1898581 10-Nov-2017 02:04
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Now they just need to get rid of the silly low user regulations. As they force lines companies to charge massive per unit surcharges on power used. Instead of giving them the option of adopting a similar pricing model to what Chorus uses. Ie charge a fixed fee based on the size of the capacity or wires to your house. And then only the power retailer charges you a per unit fee.





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  Reply # 1899088 10-Nov-2017 22:09
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Something that staggered me about dealing with a lines company ...

 

We needed a supply upgrade for a commercial property.  So we had to make a capital contribution to the required transformer and the reticulation assets outside of our property boundary.  The contribution was a substantial % of the asset value.

 

The lines company owned the assets, which they capitalised onto their books.  We then paid normal local lines charges for the supply capacity we were getting, despite having funded associated assets.  No competition so no choice and no bargaining power as we needed most of the surplus capacity available in that area.  The net outcome was a private donation to a community owned public asset, with no recognition of that by way of a subsequent discount.

 

Odd.

 

 

 

 

That's not quite correct. The value of the assets on the lines company's books is net of the contribution you paid, so if the assets cost $100k and you contributed $80k then the assets are only valued at $20k on the company's books.

 

In terms of the ongoing lines charges you pay, the vast majority of these cover the cost of assets that you (and many other customers) use upstream of your reticulation and connection assets.


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