TPM Development Project: Connection Charges Consultation

This page includes our consultation paper, submissions and cross-submissions we received, and our summary and response document. We will make final decisions as part of the work to develop the new TPM proposal.


Consultation

On Monday, 24 August 2020, we released a consultation paper seeking feedback on our initial assessment of the opportunity to improve the connection charges method and related provisions. These are technical elements that in most cases are at a level of detail not considered by the EA’s reform process to date. The EA’s TPM guidelines in respect of the connection charge are essentially the same as the 2006 TPM guidelines and the draft guidelines.  

Many of the changes reflect opportunities for improvement to the current TPM that we have identified over time. The paper also explores options that may help to 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).
 

Consultation document
TPM Connection Charges Consultation Paper and Appendices [ pdf 1.95 MB ]
 

Submissions 

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.
 

Submissions received
All submissions received [ pdf 5.73 MB ] (updated 11am 15 September to include two late submissions)
Counties Power submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 164.34 KB ]
Electricity Networks Association submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 250.58 KB ]
Genesis Energy submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 311.72 KB ]
Mercury submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 189.53 KB ]
Meridian submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 150.41 KB ]
Major Electricity Users Group submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 188.42 KB ]
New Zealand Steel submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 369.78 KB ]
Northpower submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 297.54 KB ]
Nova submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 176.62 KB ]
Orion submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 161.86 KB ]
Powerco submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 314.56 KB ]
Refining NZ submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 958.99 KB ]
Trustpower submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 319.36 KB ]
Unison-Centralines submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 744.11 KB ]
Vector submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 136.74 KB ]
Waipa Networks submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 173.13 KB ]
Westpower submission on TPM Connection Charges Consultation [ pdf 264.98 KB ]

Late 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

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. 
 

Cross-sumissions received
  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 summarises 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

We will make final decisions as part of the work to develop the new TPM proposal. 

Thank you again to those who contributed to this consultation process - we appreciate your interest and engagement.

Summary and response document
TPM Connection Charges Consultation: Summary and response.pdf [ pdf 544.23 KB ]