Powershop is an online power company available to residents in the Tauranga region, including Tauranga City, Bethlehem, Greerton, Papamoa, Mount Maunganui, Matua, Otūmoetai and Welcome Bay. We’ve been powering homes and businesses in Tauranga since 2012!
Who has the power in Tauranga?
Around 91,000 individual properties are connected to the electricity network in the Tauranga area.
The average consumption per property in the Bay of Plenty council area is approximately 6,826* per year. In the Tauranga zone of PowerCo East, average consumption is 6,798 kWh. 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. We’re sure all that beautiful weather helps a bit!
Where does the power come from?
More than half of New Zealand's electricity generation is hydroelectric. The majority of this generation is from hydro stations on lakes and rivers in the lower half of the South Island, while most of the electricity demand is in the North Island, in particular, the Auckland region. There are eight dams and nine hydro stations on the Waikato river, which produce around 10% of New Zealand’s electricity.
Who is the local lines company in Tauranga?
Powerco is the local lines (or network) company in Tauranga. 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 Tauranga?
Powerco doesn't pay a dividend out to residents.
How much do I pay for power in Tauranga?
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 Tauranga region.
How can I save money on power in Tauranga?
There are a number of ways you can save money on power in the Tauranga region, 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.
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 Bay of Plenty 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 34.50 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. If you have a smart meter and your home is in the Powerco East area, you will be put on Get Shifty automatically when you join Powershop.
What are my peak and off-peak times for the Powerco 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 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 Tauranga area region.
*Source: EA Retail Dashboards - Residential Consumption 2020