Connection Charges Consultation
This consultation sought feedback on our initial thinking on the opportunity to improve the connection charges method and related provisions. These are technical elements, which in most cases are at a level of detail not considered by the Electricity Authority’s reform process to date. The Electricity Authority's TPM Guidelines, in respect to the connection charge, are essentially the same as the 2006 TPM Guidelines. All consultation documents, submissions, cross-submissions and our summary and response document can be found below.
On Monday, 24 August 2020, we released a consultation paper seeking feedback on our initial assessment of connection charges. Many of the changes reflect opportunities for improvement to the current TPM that we have identified over time. The paper also explored options to help resolve the ‘first-mover disadvantage’ for connection investments, and Additional Components A (Classification of assets during staged commissioning) and B (Effect of other parties connecting to grid assets).
|TPM Connection Charges Consultation Paper and Appendices [ pdf 1.95 MB ]|
Submissions on our consultation closed at 5pm on 14 September 2020 and were published on this page on the following morning. Thank you to all who contributed submissions.
Two submissions were received late (15 September 2020), due to errors. Both parties have confirmed they have not read submissions by other parties prior to Transpower receiving the late submissions. We have accepted these submissions for consideration, and they are included in the 'all submissions' file.
We also received an additional submission, also late. It is listed below for completeness.
|Late submissions accepted for consideration|
|Independent Electricity Generators Association submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 672.91 KB ]|
The Lines Company submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 230.9 KB ]
|Additional late submission accepted for consideration|
|Whangarei and Kaipara District submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation.pdf [ pdf 542.1 KB ]|
Cross-submissions for this consultation closed on Monday 21 September, and are published below. We extend our thanks again to all who have contributed their time and thinking to this consultation.
|All cross-submissions received.pdf [ pdf 1.88 MB ]|
|MEUG cross-submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation.pdf [ pdf 172.43 KB ]|
|Refining NZ cross-submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation.pdf [ pdf 836.13 KB ]|
|Trustpower cross-submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation.pdf [ pdf 284.14 KB ]|
|Vector cross-submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation.pdf [ pdf 111.64 KB ]|
Our summary and response
On Tuesday, 20 October 2020, we published our Connection Charges Consultation summary and response paper. This document includes the main themes arising from the feedback and outlines our responses to those. On 5 November, we republished the document to reflect the comments we made in response to this question.
|Summary and response document|
|TPM Connection Charges Consultation: Summary and response.pdf [ pdf 544.23 KB ]|