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Powershop is an online power company available to residents in the Manawatu region, including Palmerston North Central, Awapuni, Cloverlea, Highbury, Hokowhitu, Kelvin Grove, Roslyn and West End. We’ve been supplying homes and businesses with electricity in Palmerston North since 2009. 

Who has the power in Palmerston North? 

Around 56,583 individual properties are connected to the electricity network in the Manawatu region.

The average consumption per property in the Manawatu-Wanganui area is approximately 6,728 kWh* per year. This compares to 6,930 kWh* per year for the North Island as a whole and 8,043 kWh* per year in the South Island. So well done Palmy for beating the average! 

Where does the power come from? 

New Zealand generates its power from a number of sources, and we’re happy to say that the majority is renewable, including a large chunk of hydroelectric and wind. If you’re ever driving into or out of Palmerston North on the State Highway 2 side, you may come in the road through the Te Apiti Wind Farm owned by Meridian Energy. Driving through these hills, you can see the wind farms right up close which is a memorable experience! Learn more about these wind turbines here.  

Who is the local lines company in Palmerston North? 

Powerco is the local lines (or network) company in Manawatu. Powerco networks are New Zealand's second largest distributor of electricity and gas, owning and operating networks across the region.   

Your lines company are the ones to call if there is a fault or outage at your property. The faults number for Powerco is 0800 27 27 27. 

Do I get a dividend from my lines company in Palmerston North? 

Powerco doesn't pay a dividend out to residents. 

How much do I pay for power living in Palmerston North? 

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 Manawatu. 

How can I save money on power in Palmerston North? 

There are a number of ways you can save money on power in Palmerston North including: 

  • Shifting your usage to off-peak  times (Get Shifty). 
  • Turning off any appliances that aren’t in use.  
  • 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. 

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 usually live). For the Manawatu region (and the whole of the North Island as well as the top of the South Island) the government defines a low user as someone who uses less than 8,000 kWh per year. 

If you are a low user you pay a lower daily charge which is fixed at 69 cents (incl GST) but pay a higher variable electricity charge. At Powershop we check our customers’ accounts regularly 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 Powerco networks.  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.  

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

Off-peak times in weekdays: 12am to 7am, 11am to 5pm, 9pm to midnight 

Off-peak times in weekends: all day 

 Peak times in weekdays: 7am to 11am, 5pm to 9pm 

What are the rates for Get Shifty? 

To find out your Get Shifty rates for the Powerco West network, give us a call on 0800 1000 60 between 8am-7pm, Monday to Friday.  Or download our full rates for residential customers in the Manawatu area. 



*Source: EA Retail Dashboards - Residential Consumption 2020  

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