Centralines provides $1.55 million discount to CHB consumers

July 27, 2021 09:15 AM

Central Hawke’s Bay power consumers received a winter bonus recently in the form of a discount paid by Centralines in June.

The $1.55 million discount was provided to the 8442 eligible consumers connected to Centralines’ network as of 31 March 2021.

To brighten the cold season even more, Central Hawke’s Bay consumers connected the network as at 31 May 2021 can also look forward to an extra Winter Discount, which should appear in August, as credits on power accounts sent by retailers.

Central Hawke’s Bay Consumers Power Trust Chair, Alistair Setter said the Trust continues to be very happy with the performance of Centralines.

“The past twelve months have brought much uncertainty and unrest for many as the impact of COVID-19 took hold – but through it all, our staff, Board and management remained committed to Centralines’ vision of being a collaborative partner that enables growth and delivers in the new energy economy.

At the same time we have seen increased electricity volumes through the network as a consequence of more power use at home during lock down, a surge in demand following this, growth in customers connected to the network and increased irrigation pumping due to the ongoing drought conditions.

We know the discount is really appreciated and the extra discount will also serve as a welcome addition at a time when power bills are generally higher and the uncertainty of COVID is still present.”

Centralines Chairman, Ian Walker, said Centralines is committed to enabling long-term prosperity for Central Hawke's Bay through dynamic energy and infrastructure solutions.

“We do this through a sustained focus on expanding our network, investing in technology and network advancements.”

He said Centralines is passionate about giving back to the local community as well and achieves this by supporting a number of community services and providing employment opportunities.

“The discount will have appeared as a one-off Centralines credit on each consumer’s power bill, which is issued by their electricity retailer.”

“The amount varies depending on how much electricity consumers have used over the past 12 months, and how many installation control points (ICPs) they have. However, a residential electricity consumer will have received a minimum discount of $55.”

Consumers with questions about their discount, or if they haven’t received it by the end of September, should contact their electricity retailer in the first instance.