This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on the day after their notification in the Gazette, require persons with assets that are directly connected to the national grid to pay the amount charged by Transpower in accordance with the pricing methodology contained in Pricing for Grid Connection Services from 1 April 2001, as published by Transpower in December 2000.
The regulations also specifically authorise that methodology for the purposes of section 43 of the Commerce Act 1986. The effect is that Part 2 of that Act (which relates to restrictive trade practices) will not apply to the methodology.
Section 19 of the Electricity Amendment Act 2001 required persons with assets that are directly connected to the national grid to pay for grid connection services in accordance with the same methodology. Section 19 expired on 26 January 2004, and was proposed to continue for a further transitional period under clause 20 of the Electricity and Gas Industries Bill that was introduced in 2003.
The recommendation of the Minister of Energy in relation to these regulations was made for transitional purposes (as the Electricity Governance Board is established but has not yet made a recommendation to the Minister on the matter) under section 172E(1)(b)(i) of the Electricity Act 1992.