EA and Transpower stand by Buller Electricity fees hike

EA and Transpower stand by Buller Electricity fees hike
A 400% increase in charges to get power into the West Coast is being challenged in court. (Image: Getty)
Greg Hurrell
The Electricity Authority and Transpower are not required to consider the socio-economic impacts of large connection charge hikes faced by Buller Electricity, the high court in Wellington has heard.Lines company Buller Electricity (BEL) sought a judicial review over changes to the transmission pricing methodology (TPM), which has resulted in fees it pays to Transpower going up by more than 400%. The new TPM gives Transpower the discretion to reclassify lines from interconnection to connection assets. In BEL’s case that affects around...

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