Distribution pricing refers to how Northpower charges energy retailers for delivering electricity to your place.
We have different rates for homes that are primary residences and for holiday homes.
The daily fixed charge on your electricity bill is made up of some of the cost of delivering electricity across the Northpower network to your property, along with some retailer fixed charges.
We charge energy retailers for using our network, to ensure we have enough funds available to maintain and upgrade our electricity lines network. They then decide how they pass this cost onto their customers.
Your power bill will show one or more charges based on the amount of electricity that is used at your property.
Generally there's a separate price for electricity with 24 hour availability for lighting and appliances.
There's also a lower price for electricity supplied to electric water heating which we control at peak times.
A portion of the variable charge comes to us to fund our electricity network. The rest is kept by the energy retailer to pay for the electricity they purchase from electricity generators and their own internal costs.
You can compare our distribution pricing with the prices on your electricity bill if you're interested in seeing the difference.
Remember to bear in mind however the effects of GST and payment discounts when looking at these figures.
There's more than 4,000 holiday homes and secondary places of residence in our area.
The cost of installing and maintaining the electricity network to these homes is the same as to a primary residence.
To ensure everyone pays a fair share, we have a different pricing category for these homes.