Northpower electricity consumers will receive around $10.2 million thanks to Northpower and the Northpower Trust, an increase on the distribution consumers received in December 2018.
“We’ve lifted the amount and locked it in earlier this year so that our customers know what to expect. It’s all part of work underway to make things simple, and lift our contribution locally,” says Northpower Chief Executive Andrew McLeod, a point backed by Northpower Trustees.
Most residential and business electricity customers connected to Northpower’s network benefit from a discount of $220.80 inc GST in December 2019. The only exception to this will be those using less than 2,000 kWh per year, who will receive a discount of $63.25 inc GST.
The discount will be shown as a credit on customer’s December electricity bills. However, some retailers paid earlier than expected, so customers should check their November bill as well.
The Northpower Pricing Discount is possible with the support of the Northpower Electric Power Trust which owns Northpower on behalf of Northpower’s consumer beneficiaries connected to the Northpower electricity network. The Northpower Trust, says it is satisfying to see Northpower’s consumer beneficiaries continuing to benefit from the consumer ownership model.
“The Northpower Trust is delighted to see this level of discount flowing through to our local consumers.
“Our community will benefit strongly from this discount. It’s a very positive development and backed by real strength in Northpower’s business operations,” says the Northpower Trust.
To qualify for the discount, an electricity connection (ICP) must be supplied from the Northpower electricity network with a registry status of ‘connected’ on 1 November 2019, and be a current customer of an electricity retailer on that date.
Since 1993, Northpower and the Northpower Trust have given back $217 million directly to electricity consumers in Kaipara and Whangarei.
“Northpower is planning to spend over $200m building, maintaining and upgrading the Northpower electricity network over the next ten years. There are currently more than 60,000 electricity connections on the Northpower network,” says Mr McLeod.
The Northpower Trust owns Northpower on behalf of consumers connected to Northpower's electricity network in Whangarei and Kaipara Districts. Further details on the Northpower Pricing Discount can be found at https://northpower.com/electricity/pricing
A Pricing Discount is a discount on Northpower’s electricity distribution charges. The saving from this price reduction is paid out to consumers once a year as a lump sum, which is credited to your electricity bill in November or December.
It means that if you meet the eligibility criteria, you will see a credit on your electricity bill in late November or December this year. However, retailers sometimes pay this earlier than expected.
You will receive this in the same way that you may have received a Northpower Trust distribution last year, except this year the credit for most people will increase from $120 to $220.80 (inc GST).
You qualify if you have an active electricity connection (an ICP) to the Northpower Network on 1 November 2019.
The discount will depend on how much electricity you have consumed in the previous 12 months. If you used:
Yes – and it does not matter which electricity retailer you are with. All retailers are required to pass-through the Pricing Discount they receive from Northpower on to their customers.
As a single owner, the Trust is accountable for the stewardship of the Trust’s assets - funded by previous generations of consumers - for the benefit of current and future generations of beneficiaries.
All connected consumers are beneficiaries and receive pricing discounts, returning wealth to the local area while retaining ownership of a critical local infrastructure asset.
Northpower is transitioning from providing a dividend to the NEPT for distribution to consumers, to a model that blends dividends to NEPT and discounts to connected energy customers.
This change will result in lower net line charges to consumers, via reduced costs on their energy bills for most consumers. Please see our Pricing discount FAQs