Aurora gets virus extension on $5m fine

By Gavin Evans | Wed, 25 Mar 2020


Dunedin electricity distributor Aurora Energy has gained additional latitude over the payment of almost $5 million of penalties due to the coronavirus crisis.The firm, which is planning a $400 million, three-year programme to catch up on over-due maintenance and meet a surge in demand growth, was this week prosecuted for failing to meet regulated performance standards four years running.The penalty, recommended by both the Commerce Commission and the new management of the company, reflected the firm’s failure to act on earlier warnings, Justice...