TV3 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee is encouraging householders to shop around for their power as Contact Energy raises its electricity prices.
About 300,000 Contact customers will be charged 5 percent more from next month, although customers in Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne and Christchurch are still subject to a prize freeze.
Contact has progressively advised customers in various regions throughout the country since late last year that prices would be rising.
About half of all Contact’s customers throughout the country have faced a price rise in recent months, including those in Northland, Southland and Marlborough.
Contact spokesman Jonathan Hill told the Dominion Post that, in the 2009 financial year, the price of gas for power stations increased about a quarter.
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The following came via an e-mail dated the 2nd of February:
‘In most regions we operate in the Government indicated Powershop is the lowest cost power provider* and our customers are really happy with our service.
So we figure at the very least we'll be able to save you some money. We've also come out as the power company with the happiest customers in a recent satisfaction survey. http://www.consumer.org.nz/reports/print-view/energy-providers Powershop is the smarter way to buy power, so the savings you make are built in. You buy your electricity online, in a way that suits you, not us. You can go cheaper or greener or a bit of both, it's up to you. You can set and forget your account to buy the cheapest power automatically, or you can get involved by using the tools on the site to monitor your daily consumption and use less. Sign up to Powershop by Wednesday 31 March, & once you're switched over we'll welcome you to your account with a $50 account credit FREE and a minimum of $50 guaranteed savings over the next year. There's no risk either, because if after 60 days you find things aren't working out, we'll even help you switch back to your old power company. Switching is a lot easier than you think and there's loads of support available whenever you need it. To find out more, or just take the plunge anyway, visit https://secure.powershop.co.nz/friend_invitations/HKFVPA Thanks - The Powershop Crew http://www.powershop.co.nz 0800 1000 60 *The Ministry of Economic Development's Quarterly Survey of Domestic Electricity Prices for an 8,000kWh customer on an inclusive tariff. See http://www.med.govt.nz/electricity/qsdep. If you prefer not to receive commercial offers from Powershop please click the following link: https://secure.powershop.co.nz/promo/refuse/HKFVPA '