See how much you could save on power. Upload a recent bill and get a free estimate.

See how much you could save on power. Upload a recent bill and get a free estimate.

Powershop is an online power company available in Dunedin, including North Dunedin, South Dunedin and St Clair. We’ve been powering homes and businesses in Dunedin since 2009.

Who has the power in Dunedin?

There are around 58,900 individual properties connected to the electricity network in Dunedin (main centre).

The average consumption per property in Dunedin is approximately 8,168 kWh* per year. This compares to 7,882 kWh* per year for the South Island and 6,763 kWh* per year in the North Island.


Where does the power come from?

The majority of Dunedin’s electricity comes from the National Grid. More than half of the electricity generated to the grid is hydroelectric. The majority of this generation is from nearby hydro stations on lakes and rivers in the lower half of the South Island.

Local generation feeding into the city includes the Waipori hydro scheme south west of Dunedin, and the Mahinerangi wind farm.


Who is the local lines company in Dunedin?

Aurora Energy is Dunedin’s local lines or network company. They supply electricity to more than 90,000 homes, farms and businesses in Dunedin, Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes. 


Do I get a dividend from my lines company in Dunedin?

Aurora Energy do not provide a dividend to their customers.


How much do I pay for power in Dunedin?

Enter your address in our calculator. to get a quick estimate of your rates. You can also upload a recent bill to get an annual cost estimate and find out how much Powershop could save you compared to your current retailer.

Or you can download the current rates for residential customers in the Dunedin region.


How can I save money on power in Dunedin?

There are  a number of ways you can save money on power in Dunedin, including:

  • Shifting your usage to off-peak times (we call it Get Shifty)  
  • Turning off appliances when you're not using them
  • Using energy efficient appliances and LED lightbulbs
  • If you’re with Powershop, buying our regular discounted specials.

For more power saving tips check out our Saving Electricity hub or the Gen Less website.


Can I save money if I am a low user?

You can also save money if you are a low user and choose the low user pricing option when you sign up to an electricity retailer. The low user option is only available for your main home (where you live most of the time). For Dunedin the government defines a low user is someone who uses less than 9,000 kWh per year.

If you are a low user you pay a lower daily charge but pay a higher variable electricity charge. At Powershop we check our customers’ accounts every three months to make sure they are on the right pricing option for their usage.


What is Get Shifty?

The technical term is Time of Use pricing, which is available to customers with smart meters in nearly all network areas – including the Aurora network.  We call it Get Shifty. With Get Shifty, you can save money when you shift your power use to off-peak times of the day.

Note that while your off-peak rate is lower with Get Shifty, your peak rate is higher. So it’s not for everyone.


What are my peak and off-peak times for the Aurora network on Get Shifty?

Get Shifty times for Aurora network

Off-peak times: 11am to 5pm and 9pm to 7am weekdays, all day weekends. Peak times: 7am to 11am and 5pm to 9pm weekdays.


What are the rates for Get Shifty?

If you would like to find out your Get Shifty rates for the Aurora network before signing up, contact us by using our live chat.


*Source: EA Retail Dashboards - Residential Consumption 2019