Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

2141 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 720


Topic # 188951 11-Dec-2015 01:40
Send private message

As above - unplanned outage on the High voltage DC cable that links the north and south islands. Looks like buying wholesale power is going to be expensive today. Transpower advice notice - PDF Already approx $25 per MW more expensive in NI.

Might want to switch off the hot water cylinder and any other non essential loads until they fix the HVDC cable.

[edited to add]

Bad time for this to happen as the Otahuhu B gas power station has been decommissioned. And they are in the process of decommissioning the Southdown gas power station as well. And since the weather has been dry for awhile, there wont be much water available for the Tongariro and Waikato hydro stations.

Create new topic
1748 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 916

  Reply # 1448485 11-Dec-2015 06:30
Send private message

I'd be interested to know the final impact of this on someone's bill.

I'm seriously considering flick, but its this type of thing that makes me a bit nervous about it.

Location: Dunedin

462 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 94

  Reply # 1448488 11-Dec-2015 06:54
Send private message

Looks like they already fixed it, just in time for the morning peak.


4753 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 79


  Reply # 1448889 11-Dec-2015 21:00
Send private message

I'm on Flick. I occasionally check the 30 minutes prices from here

You do need to know what node youi're one. For example living in Khandallah my node is Kaiwharawhara which is on the old Hutt Rd. Node is KWA011

Today the 30 minute prices got quite high but only for a few periods and only my son was at home on the computer :-(

The trading periods are 30 minute intervals so TP 20 or about 9:30 am the price was $79 but at TP32 or 15:30 it got to $421. Since we had other electricity on, his computer and other base loads (fridge etc.) wouldn't have been more than 2-3 units during each hour.

The actual effect on your bill is pretty minimal. $421 per MWh is about 42c/Unit (kWh). Assuming you were running 5kWh load during that time, that's $2.1 and would hardly break the bank. I've seen 30 minute prices hit $1000 MWh and it really doesn't make that much difference. Plus sometimes Flick absorbs those abnormal loads

System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen. Harman Kardon HK AVR 254 7.1 receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast


My Google+ page 



13451 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2275


  Reply # 1448898 11-Dec-2015 21:19
Send private message

I've been on Flick since around April, I guess. In that time there have been no spikes that have made a significant different to the bill. I have email alerts set for when power goes over preset numbers ($140/MWH is my lowest one), which it only did at the end of summer / start of winter. 

I use EM6 for watching the price, and Nodewatch for alerts.

AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional, Sysop Administrator Associate, and Developer Associate
TOGAF certified enterprise architect
Professional photographer

2141 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 720


  Reply # 1448947 11-Dec-2015 23:06
Send private message

Thankfully I was only running baseloads when the evening spike happened. (less that 0.5kW per 1/2 hour) And it was just afterwards that I started the spa and my boiler. (So lucky that I missed the spike).

I have been meaning to make some sort of electronic display so I can check spot prices without needing to fire up a computer. And add some automatic load control.

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

New Zealand hits peak broadband data
Posted 18-Jan-2018 12:21

Amazon Echo devices coming to New Zealand early February 2018
Posted 18-Jan-2018 10:53

$3.74 million for new electric vehicles in New Zealand
Posted 17-Jan-2018 11:27

Nova 2i: Value, not excitement from Huawei
Posted 17-Jan-2018 09:02

Less news in Facebook News Feed revamp
Posted 15-Jan-2018 13:15

Australian Government contract awarded to Datacom Connect
Posted 11-Jan-2018 08:37

Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer
Posted 6-Jan-2018 13:59

Amazon release Silk Browser and Firefox for Fire TV
Posted 21-Dec-2017 13:42

New Chief Technology Officer role created
Posted 19-Dec-2017 22:18

All I want for Christmas is a new EV
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:54

How clever is this: AI will create 2.3 million jobs by 2020
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:52

NOW to deploy SD-WAN to regional councils
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:46

Mobile market competition issues ComCom should watch
Posted 18-Dec-2017 10:52

New Zealand government to create digital advisory group
Posted 16-Dec-2017 08:47

Australia datum changes means whole country moving 1.8 metres north-east
Posted 16-Dec-2017 08:39

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.