Electricity bill refund on the way


Consumer-owned electricity distributor Network Tasman will be handing out $8.3million of sales discounts to its customers’ winter power bills, an increase of $200,000 on last year.

The company’s 38,500 consumers will receive a discount at a rate of 2.2 cents on each unit of electricity used during the last year. An average residential consumer using 6,900kwh per annum can expect a discount against their August power bill of around $150.

A consumer must have had an active, metered connection to Network Tasman’s electricity distribution system as at midnight July 17 to be eligible for the discount – the network covers the Nelson-Tasman region, excluding central Nelson.

Network Tasman chief executive Wayne Mackey says the total discount is slightly higher than last year. They are currently arranging for electricity retailers to credit the discounts onto consumers’ power bills from late July through to the end of August – the discount will be clearly identified as a separate item on consumers’power accounts.

“Eligible consumers will receive a discount irrespective of which electricity retailer they choose,” Wayne says. ”Switching retailers does not alter this entitlement because the discount comes from Network Tasman and not the retailer.”

Network Tasman has credited more than $130million of discounts back into the region since the scheme’s inception in 1994.