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Electricity Industry Amendment Bill

Introduced on Sept 9. The Bill implements parts of the Electricity Price Review’s recommendations. This includes creating of a small electricity consumer advocacy agency a levy to fund it. It also moves parts of regulation from statute to the Electricity Code to make it easier to change and allow lines companies to widen the scope of their business. It also gives the energy minister power to alter the code if unhappy with progress on implementation. First reading on Sept 30, opposed by National with the bill sent to the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee. Reported back on March 22 with minor changes including limiting the period of time the minister could used powers to alter the code. Second reading on May 17 with just National opposed. Committee stage completed on Aug 23 and third reading on Aug 25 with National and Act opposed.Electricity Industry Amendment Bill