The Ministry develops and implements policy for the electricity sector, especially relating to the regulatory framework and governance. We also monitor market performance, including competition issues and electricity prices.
The 2009 Ministerial Review of Electricity Market Performance proposed 29 measures to improve the performance of the electricity market, its institutions and its governance arrangements.
The electricity industry is covered by generic legislation as well as acts and regulations specific to the sector, such as the Electricity Industry Act 2010.
Learn about the four main components of the New Zealand electricity market, and the key developments that have occurred in the market since the 1980s.
Electricity generators or distributors may need to apply for electricity operator status to perform certain activities in some areas.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, with the support of the Electricity Networks Association has commissioned a Smart Grid Forum.
Summaries of electricity price movements, for use by policy makers, industry players and other interested parties.