Capital contributions are payments that may be required for new or upgraded connections to Power and Water’s electricity network. The purpose of these contributions is to ensure that costs for a customer’s new or upgraded connection are paid for by that customer and not shared by everyone connected to the network.

Capital contributions may be made in the form of contributed assets, a financial payment or a combination of both, subject to approval by Power and Water.

Network capital contributions from 1 July 2014

The Utilities Commission has approved a revised Network Capital Contributions Policy to apply from 1 July 2014.

This revised policy replaces the Distribution System Extension Policy (DSEP) and the previous Networks Capital Contribution Policy, and will ensure more equitable outcomes for both new and existing networks users and make the capital contributions process more efficient and simple for network users to follow.

The capital contributions regime has been established in accordance with the provisions of the Electricity Networks (Third Party Access) Act.

Where can I get more information?

For more information, please refer to the Network Capital Contributions Policy, frequently asked questions or refer to the fact sheets for small and large individual network users, generator users and developers.