Legislation passed to split Power and Water

07 May 2014

From 1 July 2014, Power and Water Corporation will split with the electricity retail and generation components commencing operations as separate government owned corporations.

Structural separation of the Power and Water Corporation is an important step in realising the Northern Territory’s potential on the national and international stage. It will also bring the Territory in line with the wider Australian energy sector, which has been in a process of reform since the early 1990s.

Power and Water Corporation Managing Director John Baskerville said customers will start to see changes from 1 July.

“As the new billing cycle rolls out, customers who currently receive a combined electricity, water and sewerage bill will receive two separate bills: one for electricity and one for water and sewerage,” Mr Baskerville said.

“Water and sewerage services stay part of Power and Water with nothing changing in terms of service, or the way customers will receive and pay their water and sewerage bill.

“Electricity connections and disconnections can be processed through existing shopfronts, call centres and online.

“The electricity network will still be managed by Power and Water, so all faults and outages should be reported to Power and Water either via your smart phone or tablet, online or through the call centre on 1800 245 092.

“The Pensioner and Carer Concession Scheme, which is administered by the Department of Health, will continue to be available to both Power and Water customers and customers of the new RetailCorp,” Mr Baskerville said.

The Northern Territory Government will continue to set retail electricity, water and sewerage tariffs.

Structural separation of Power and Water brings it in line with wider Australian energy sector, which has moved away from a vertically integrated government owned utility model for electricity and water services.

For more information go to the structural separation page.

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