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Phasing out Low User fixed charge regulations

From 1 April 2022, we’re putting in place the Government’s plan to phase out Low User fixed charge regulations. This Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment webpage explains the plan in detail, including the Government’s reasons behind the change.  

What this means for you 

As a Low User, this means you’ll see your daily fixed charge increase, and variable charge decrease, on 1 April every year for five years (2022 – 2026). The impact on your bill depends on how much power you use. The closer you are to using 8,000 kWh per year (or 9,000 kWh per year if you’re south of Arthur’s Pass), the less you’ll be impacted by this change. Very low users will see the biggest cost increase as a result of the change. 

It’s also important to remember that this is only one part of the total change you’ll see to your prices each April. Learn more about what goes into your power price.