Powershop is an online power company available in the Wellington region, including Wellington City, Hutt Valley (Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt) and Porirua. We’ve been powering homes and businesses in the region since 2009.

Wellington Electricity

Who has the power in Wellington?

There are around 166,000 individual properties connected to the electricity network in the Wellington region.

The average consumption per property in Wellington is approximately 7,062 kWh* per year. This compares to 6,784 kWh* per year for the North Island as a whole and 8,010 kWh* per year in the South Island.


Where does the power come from?

Wellington is famous for its powerful wind and this natural resource is being harnessed to help power the region. From the single iconic wind turbine in Brooklyn, to the 62 turbines at West Wind in Makara.

Wellington’s wind generation is supplemented by power drawn from the national grid. More than half of the electricity generated to the grid is hydroelectric. The majority of this generation is from hydro stations on lakes and rivers in the lower half of the South Island.


Who is the local lines company in Wellington?

Wellington Electricity is the local lines (or network) company in Wellington. Wellington Electricity owns and operates the electricity distribution network throughout the Wellington region.


Do I get a dividend from my lines company in the Wellington region?

Wellington Electricity do not provide a dividend to their customers.


How much do I pay for power in the Wellington region?

To get an idea of the average monthly cost for a Powershop customer in the Wellington region, simply enter your address in our price calculator. Answer a few questions and we’ll give you a quick estimate of what you would pay with us.


How can I save money on power in the Wellington region?

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

  • 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.
  • If you have an electric vehicle, charging your vehicle in off-peak times

For more power saving tips check out the energywise 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 the Wellington region (and the whole of the North Island as well as the top of the South Island) the government defines a low user is 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 every three months to make sure they are on the right pricing option for their usage.


Got an electric vehicle?

If you have an electric vehicle (EV), we can hook you up with cheap off-peak charging rates in the Wellington region. Charge up your car, e-bike or e-scooter for less.

Call us on 0800 1000 60 to find out more.


What are my peak and off-peak times for the Wellington Electricity network for electric vehicles?  

WEL Networks Get Shifty Peak Off Peak Times

What are the rates for electric vehicles?

To find out your electric vehicle rates for the Wellington Electricity network, give us a call on 0800 1000 60 between 8am-7pm, Monday to Friday.  


*Source: EA Retail Dashboards - https://www.emi.ea.govt.nz/Retail/Reports

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