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TLC customers look at alternatives

posted Sep 26, 2012, 1:01 AM by ema-1 ema-1
"A tiny King Country town which depends on tourism could go off the national grid because of crippling lines charges for power. In towns all over the region, residents, farmers and business owners are investigating self-sufficient power supply to get away from The Lines Company's "demand charge", which has increased some electricity lines bills by up to 300 per cent. It comes as the Commerce Commission starts a Fair Trading Act investigation into The Lines Company. The owners of four lodges in National Park, a village catering to Mt Ruapehu skiers, are meeting experts to determine what other power sources they could use"

"Discovery Lodge co-owner Andy Harland said the $42,000 a year he paid in lines charges was "destroying" the business. He and son Callum spent $55,000 importing and installing a German gas boiler to heat water at the lodge and reduce their electricity use. Ruapehu Alpine Lifts general manager Dave Mazey said the Whakapapa and Turoa skifield operator had not ruled out switching to diesel generators to avoid the $1.1 million in lines and transmission charges it incurs each year"

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