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Power

Code

The Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010 that may be amended or substituted from time to time.

Decommissioned

The permanent disconnection of your premises and removal of your installation control point so that you cannot receive the supply of energy, and will involve the permanent removal of metering equipment and may include removal of your service lines.

Demand

The amount of electric energy used at a specific point in time, measured in watts (or multiples thereof, such as kilowatt, megawatt or gigawatt). Demand is measured for individual customers, for groups of customers and for the network.

Distribution Code

The relevant standards (by whatever name called) as may be issued and amended by the network owner from time to time which must be met by your premises for continuing connection to the network, and other related matters.

Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner

If you have a complaint and feel it has not been resolved by Trustpower, you can contact the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner.

Electricity And Gas Complaints Commissioner Scheme

A body that has been set up for the resolution of customer complaints, whether established by statute or by voluntary agreement, to which Trustpower is a party.

Electricity Market Fee

As an electricity retailer Trustpower pays a number of charges on behalf of our customers for the operation of the electricity market. A portion of those charges are on-charged to our customers as the Electricity Market Fee at 0.3* cents per unit. This fee includes the Electricity Commission Levy and Frequency Keeping charges that are paid to power generators to assist in maintaining the security of energy supply on the national grid. You will see this on your monthly statement under Electricity Charges as Electricity market Fee - No Discount under the description. *These charges are exclusive of GST and not subject to Prompt Payment Discount

Energy

Means electricity/power.

Energy Consumption

The amount of power consumed over a period of time, measured in watt hours, kWh, MWh, or GWh.

Equipment

Any fittings or other equipment that form part of the system that supply power to you.

Fittings

Can mean wires, pipes, plant and equipment used in the delivery or use of electricity.

Forced Outage

The period of time that power is not available, because it has tripped off-line or failed to start for any reason, other than a Network Company or Transpower fault; or because it has been taken off-line when scheduled to operate.

Generator

Any person who generates or wholesales power.

Gigawatt (GW)

An amount of electric power equal to 1,000 MW or 1 billion watts.

Gigawatt Hour (GWh)

An amount of energy equal to 1,000 MWh or 1 billion watt-hours.

Hydroelectric Power Generation

Electricity that has been generated using the force of running water, whether from a dam, natural lake or run of river. Usually a dam creates an upper and a lower water reservoir. The height difference between the two reservoirs establishes potential energy that is used to generate electricity by allowing water from the upper reservoir to flow through a hydro turbine to the lower reservoir.

Hydro-release

The release of water from a hydroelectric scheme that could potentially have been used to generate power. The results of a hydro-release is referred to as spill data.

ICP Number

A unique number given to the connection point between your home/business and your network company’s power line. Your ICP is shown on your bill.

Kilowatt Hour kWh

An amount of energy equal to 1,000 watt-hours.

Kilowatt kW

The kilowatt is a unit of energy. One kilowatt (1 kW) is the amount of power equal to 1,000 watts.

Line Function Services

The provision, maintenance, and operation of fittings in accordance with our agreement with the network owner for the supply of power to your premises.

Megawatt Hour MWh

Megawatt hour, the amount of power equal to 1,000 kWh or 1,000,000 watt-hours.

Megawatt (MW)

The amount of power equal to 1000 KW or 1,000,000 watts.

National Grid

The network of high voltage lines, owned by Transpower, that carries electricity around New Zealand.

Network

The network owner’s system for the conveyance of power.

Network Owners

Your network owner is the company owning or operating the network to which your premises are connected. The lines charge on your power bill is from your network owner.

NZX Energy

NZX Energy is the wholesale market where electricity is sold by power generators and bought by power retailers. NZX Energy calculates energy prices, allocates electricity volumes and also has responsibility for the allocation process for the gas market.

Off-Peak Period

Period of time when energy demand is far below peak periods, so on the right plan, power charges are lower.

Peak Period

Period of time when energy is delivered near, or at, the maximum peak load.

Point Of Connection

The point at which the responsibility for the equipment that supplies power transfers between the network owner and you.

Premises

Any premises all or part of which you occupy or on which metering or other equipment is installed.

Regulations

The Electricity Industry (Enforcement) Regulations 2010, technical electricity codes of practice, and other relevant regulations, guidelines, protocols, industry standards and codes of practice as may be amended or substituted from time to time.

Rights Of Access

means: safe and unobstructed access to and within your premises; and reasonable use of facilities and amenities available to you and ordinarily used in association with our or the network owner’s equipment; and the right to gain immediate access to your premises for meter reads and disconnection and reconnection services or where we or the network owner reasonably believe there is immediate danger to persons or property.

Transpower

Transpower New Zealand Limited, its successors and assigns, and any other entity or entities which at any time operates the principal national electricity distribution system, or any substantial part of that system.

Volt

Unit of electric potential (voltage) and electromotive force.

Vulnerable Customer

a customer who has told us, or about whom it appears to us, that disconnection of energy at their premises presents a clear threat to their health or well-being or of a member of their household, or who has mains powered equipment for critical medical support.

Wind Farm

Groups of wind turbines used to generate power from wind.

Wind Turbine

The largest wind turbines in New Zealand are up to 145 metres from the ground to the tip of the blade. Each one converts kinetic energy from the wind into electric current.


Gas

Code

The gas industry rules and regulations that may be amended or substituted from time to time.

Cylinder

A 45kg capacity LPG cylinder supplied by or on behalf of Trustpower and provided for the Customer's use, subject to the terms of agreement.

Decommissioned

The permanent disconnection of your premises and removal of your installation control point so that you cannot receive the supply of energy, and will involve the permanent removal of metering equipment and may include removal of your service lines.

Distribution Code

The relevant standards (by whatever name called) as may be issued and amended by the network owner from time to time which must be met by your premises for continuing connection to the network, and other related matters.

Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner

If you have a complaint and feel it has not been resolved by Trustpower, you can contact the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner.

Electricity And Gas Complaints Commissioner Scheme

A body that has been set up for the resolution of customer complaints, whether established by statute or by voluntary agreement, to which Trustpower is a party.

Energy

Means gas.

Equipment

Any fittings or other equipment that form part of the system that supply gas to you.

Fittings

Can mean wires, pipes, plant and equipment used in the delivery or use of gas.

Gas

Natural gas.

Gas Distribution Company

Means On Gas Limited or any other person appointed by Trustpower to deliver LPG and/or Equipment to the Customer from time to time and includes, where applicable, such person's employees, agents, contractors and representatives.

Generator

Any person who generates or wholesales gas.

Hire Fee

The Annual Fee payable in full, in advance at the beginning of each 12 month period for the term of the agreement. This is a pre-condition for the delivery of Equipment and the supply of the LPG for the 12 month period.

ICP Number

A unique number given to the connection point between your home/business and your network company’s gas line. Your ICP is shown on your bill.

Line Function Services

The provision, maintenance, and operation of fittings in accordance with our agreement with the network owner for the supply of gas to your premises.

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)

Trustpower can deliver LPG (bottled gas) to your home or business and collect the old bottle (canister). This is a convenient service providing all the benefits of clean burning natural gas to areas where reticulated gas isn’t available.

Network

The network owner’s system for the conveyance of gas.

Network Owner

The person that owns or operates the network to which your premises are connected.

NZX Energy

NZX Energy is the wholesale market where electricity is sold by power generators and bought by power retailers. NZX Energy calculates energy prices, allocates electricity volumes and also has responsibility for the allocation process for the gas market.

Point Of Connection

The point at which the responsibility for the equipment that supplies gas transfers between the network owner and you.

Premises

Any premises all or part of which you occupy or on which metering or other equipment is installed.

Regulations

The Gas Act 1992, gas codes of practice, and other relevant regulations, guidelines, protocols, industry standards and codes of practice as may be amended or substituted from time to time.

Reticulated Gas

Piped gas. At Trustpower, we’re ready to connect your home or business to reticulated (plumbed) natural gas, wherever there’s a gas line for us to tap into. If you’re currently with another gas provider, you can choose to switch to us.

Rights Of Access

means: safe and unobstructed access to and within your premises; and reasonable use of facilities and amenities available to you and ordinarily used in association with our or the network owner’s equipment; and the right to gain immediate access to your premises for meter reads and disconnection and reconnection services or where we or the network owner reasonably believe there is immediate danger to persons or property.


Internet

Additional Mailbox

As a Trustpower customer you can create a new mailbox with a separate login and password. Contact us to know more.

ADSL Modem

An ADSL modem is different from a regular 'dial up' modem. Just ask us if you are unsure about your modem.

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)

ADSL technology enables faster data transmission over copper telephone lines than with a conventional voiceband modem. It does this by utilizing frequencies that are not used by a voice telephone call. A splitter, or DSL filter, allows a single telephone connection to be used for both ADSL service and voice calls at the same time. ADSL can generally only be distributed over short distances from the telephone exchange. ADSL data transmission rates are up to 7Mb/second downstream (to the customer) and up to 740 Kb/second upstream (from the customer), depending on line length and condition. ADSL is not a product in its own right.

Ethernet

This is another name for a computer network.

Fibre Services

With Trustpower Phone & Internet we supply voice and internet services over the ultra fast broadband (UFB) network. This feature is available with Trustpower, so contact us to know.

Firewall

A firewall is software or a feature of your router that guards the entrance to a private network and keeps out unauthorized or unwanted traffic. Firewalls will help protect you against viruses, spyware (which can steal personal information) and ad ware (which can display advertising pop ups on your computer).

Gigabyte (GB)

One gigabyte (1GB) is 1,000 megabytes. To give an idea of size, 114 minutes of uncompressed audio is approximately 1GB.

Internet Service Provider (ISP)

An organisation providing internet services to the public.

Kilobyte (kB)

A small unit of data storage, one kilobyte (1 kB) is 1,000 bytes.

Local Area Network (LAN)

This describes two or more computers networked in one location.

Megabyte MB

A unit of data storage, one megabyte (1 MB) is 1,000 kilobytes. A megabyte is generally enough storage for one book.

Router

A router can be used to network computers together with a shared broadband connection. The most familiar types of routers pass data (such as web pages) between home computers and the internet.

Spam

Unsolicited email, advertising, scams and so on. If your email address is published on a web site or you enter your email address in an online form run by unscrupulous people then your email address may become clogged with spam. It's best to only give your email address to web sites you can trust.

Splitter

A splitter allows a single telephone connection to be used for both ADSL services and phone calls. We can arrange for a technician to install a splitter, so contact us to know more.

Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB)

The Ultra Fast Broadband network is becoming available to more and more addresses around New Zealand — opening up the option of broadband internet and voice services over fibre (instead of ADSL). Ultra Fast Broadband is available through Trustpower Phone and Internet, so contact us to find out more.

USB

A computer’s USB port/plug allows it to be connected to devices such as a printer, digital camera, scanner and so on, using a USB cable.

VDSL

Very (high-bit-rate) Digital Subscriber Line. Faster broadband than ADSL, but still on copper lines.


Phone

Call Diversion

You can divert your calls to any phone number you like — landline, mobile or pager. And you can activate or stop diversion whenever you want to. This feature is available with Trustpower, so contact us to know more.

Call Restriction

When Call Restriction is activated, no toll calls can be made from your phone. It’s great for businesses or to control teenagers, as you can turn it on or off whenever you like. This feature is available with Trustpower, so contact us to know more.

Call Waiting

Call waiting lets you answer an important call even when you're already on the phone and without cutting off your first call. This feature is available with Trustpower, so contact us to know more.

Caller Display

Caller Display lets you know who’s calling, so you can decide how to answer. This feature is available with Trustpower, so contact us to know more.

Direct Dial In DDI

This is a multiple line system, with direct access to extension numbers. This feature is available with Trustpower, so contact us to know more.

Do Not Disturb

Privacy when you need it, your phone won’t ring with this feature enabled. This feature is available with Trustpower, so contact us to know more.

Dual Telephone Number

This gives your phone line two numbers. For example, you could have one number for faxes or business calls and one for family calls. This feature is available with Trustpower, so contact us to know more.

Fax Address

You can receive faxes anywhere. Faxes go to your usual number and you can redirect them to print at a fax machine of your choice. This feature is available with Trustpower, so contact us to know more.

Faxability

The phone and fax are on the same line. A different ring tone lets you know if it’s a call or a fax. This feature is available with Trustpower, so contact us to know more.

HotLine

HotLine automatically dials a preset number if your phone is off the hook, either immediately or after eight seconds. It’s great security for older family members. This feature is available with Trustpower, so contact us to know more.

Message Alerts

This feature is available with Trustpower. You can choose pay as you go or unlimited. Contact us to know more.

Message Connect

A voice mail box shared by up to five land and mobile phones, so you and others can access a central message service. This feature is available with Trustpower, contact us to know more.

Private Automated Branch Exchange (PABX)

PABX allows a single access number to multiple lines for outside callers, while also providing a range of external lines to internal callers. PABX is commonly used by call centres and large businesses.

Remote Divert

Enables Call Diversion to be turned on and off, remotely from any phone. This feature is available with Trustpower, so contact us to know more.

SmartPack

SmartPack is a bundle of our three most popular smart phone services. For Trustpower plans such as Double Play, Everyday Plus and Home Business Plus plans, the SmartPack includes; Voicemail, Caller Display and Call waiting. For Ultrafast Broadband plans, the SmartPack includes; Voicemail, Call Diversion and Caller Display. This feature is available with Trustpower, so contact us to know more.

Three Way Calling

Set up a three-way conference whenever you want. You can dial in a third person at the start, or during the call. This feature is available with Trustpower, so contact us to know more.

Voicemail

Your callers can leave a message when on another call, on the Internet or away from the phone. Voicemail has PIN access so it's secure and confidential. And you can listen to your messages any time from almost any phone. This feature is available with Trustpower, so contact us to know more.


Glossary Section

Bundled Services

Bundling is one of the key ways Trustpower Phone & Internet deliver better value and full service. It’s all about offering multiple services as part of one plan.

BusinessChoices

If you use over 10,000 units of electricity a year, or your internet or phone usage passes a certain level, you’ll be invited to join our BusinessChoices programme. You’ll then gain significant benefits, such as saving 4% or more on our standard power prices.

Capacity/Max Capacity

The amount of electric power that can be delivered by a generating unit or electric system. The amount is determined by the manufacturer’s nameplate ratings or by testing. For example, the capacity of a combustion turbine power plant, based on its nameplate rating, could be stated as 225 MW.

Commissioning Date/Commissioned

The date that a new asset is first available to perform its required function.

Complaints Resolution Officer

If you have a formal complaint about our service, please call or write to Trustpower’s Complaints Resolution Officer.

Cumec

Unit of measurement for water flow. One cumec is one cubic metre of water a second, 1m3/s. When in flood, the flow of many large New Zealand rivers is over 2,000 cumecs.

Customer Service Agreement

When you sign up as a Trustpower customer, you receive a customer service agreement brochure. This clearly states our commitments to you and the responsibilities you have in return.

Decommissioned

The process of closing down and putting a facility into a safe state, after its useful life has come to an end.

Early Replacement

The removal of equipment before it reaches its normal retirement age; with the substitution of new, typically more efficient equipment.

Energy Efficiency

In terms of generation, this is about using less energy, to produce any given amount of electric energy. In terms of use, it’s about using less power to achieve the same result. For example, replacing a 74-watt incandescent light bulb with an 18-watt compact fluorescent light bulb will deliver the same amount of lumens, but with far greater energy efficiency.

Fish Pass

An adaption in the water channel to enable fish and eels to pass upstream or downstream of any manmade structure, including dams. Fish passes are an important way to support breeding and spawning.

Friends

When you join Trustpower as a residential customer, and so long as you continue to pay your account in full and on time, you’re welcomed as a Trustpower Friend. That means you save on our standard power and gas unit prices, and every two months you automatically go in the draw to win a $1,000 power credit. Some customers receiving special offers may not receive Friends pricing.

Friends Extra

If you’re with Trustpower Friends or Friends Gold as a power and/or gas customer, you can choose to sign up for a fixed term Friends Extra membership. This gives you an additional 5% discount on your power and/or gas unit charges or LPG bottle delivery. There is a $95 exit fee for power and a $55 exit fee for gas if you choose to leave Friends Extra within the allocated fixed term.

Friends Gold

If you’re a Trustpower Friend, you’ll be welcomed as a Friends Gold customer if you have been an energy only customer for five years or an energy and Telco customer for three years, and you spend a minimum amount per year. Friends Gold customers receive a range of special benefits.

Good Industry Practice

The exercise of that degree of skill, diligence, prudence and foresight which would reasonably and ordinarily be expected from a skilled and experienced person engaged in the same type of undertaking under the same or similar conditions in New Zealand at that time.

GST

GST is a tax chargeable on most goods and services in New Zealand, it is added to your energy and telecommunications bill.

Head

The height difference between stored water and the power station. The greater the head, the greater the force of water, so more power can be generated.

Head Pond

Water storage high above the power station.

Longfin Eel/Tuna

The New Zealand Longfin Eel, or Tuna in Maori, is one of about 35 New Zealand native freshwater fish species and can live to about 100 years old. Numbers have reduced significantly in recent years, due to commercial exploitation, habitat loss and declining water quality. At a number of generation sites, Trustpower supports measures to aid the passage that is necessary for breeding.

Maintenance Outage

The removal of a generating unit from service, to allow work on specific components and prevent a potential forced outage.

Master Trust Deed

Trustpower’s Master Trust Deed has rules governing our bond issues.

Metering Services

The provision and maintenance of meters, relays, ripple receivers, collection of data from the meters and ancillary services as determined by Trustpower.

Other Services

Any and all additional services provided by us to you (excluding energy, bond and service fees) and includes for example, but is not limited to, metering services and telecommunication services.

Payment Date

The payment date is generally the 20th day of the month, following the month in which a fee is incurred. However, Trustpower customers can choose their preferred payment date, between the 1st and the 28th of the month, to suit their own needs.

Penstocks

Pipes used to carry water, typically now made of steel, but historically often made of timber.

Person

Includes a corporation.

Planned Outage

The approved time period that a key piece of infrastructure, like a generation site, is not required to be available for service. Typical reasons are inspection or maintenance of one or more major equipment groups. This is usually scheduled well in advance of the planned outage period.

Premises

Any premises all or part of which you occupy or on which metering or other equipment is installed.

Renewable Resources

Resources used by power plants or other generating devices that are generally considered to be renewable. These include biomass, water, photovoltaics, solar, wave or wind energy.

Representatives

Directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, professional advisors, invitees, or other authorised persons, or persons for whom a party is responsible.

Resource Consent

All infrastructure developments, and any changes to natural environments must gain a Resource Consent. A Resource Consent is authorisation given to activities or uses of natural and physical resources, which is required under the New Zealand Resource Management Act 1991.

Run of River

A hydroelectric scheme without any significant water storage.

Service Fee

a charge for services provided such as (but not limited to) account establishment, reconnections, disconnections, disconnection notices, payment dishonours, arrangement fees, lodgement and agency payment arrangements, internal fault call outs, non-registration administration, tariff changes or tariff combining, special or final meter reads, meter tests, and other sundry services provided as determined from time to time by Trustpower.

SmoothPay

Instead of your power bill fluctuating with the seasons and causing you headaches, we work out an average amount that you pay each month. Full details are here.

Spill Data

Data on the reason for, and extent of, a hydro-release. Here is the latest spill data for hydro-releases from Trustpower’s Coleridge, Matahina, and Waipori hydroelectric schemes.

Sustainable Generation

The generation of electricity with a renewable energy source, notably water, wind, solar or geothermal.

Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust (TECT)

TECT was formed in December 1993 and is now one of New Zealand’s largest energy trusts. TECT’s income and capital is used to provide benefits to consumers, who are Trustpower account holders in Tauranga City and the Western Bay of Plenty District.

Trap and Transfer Programme

An environmental programme to transfer eels, fish or other species in ways that support breeding or regeneration.

Trustpower

Means Trustpower Limited and, where applicable, its employees, agents, contractors, representatives successors and assignees.

Trustpower Community Awards

These annual awards celebrate community involvement and achievement, from around New Zealand. The Community Awards form one of our most significant sponsorships.

Trustpower Lend A Hand Foundation

In many parts of New Zealand and in Snowtown Australia, the foundation gives a hand to local charities, organisations, schools and individuals. We’re proud to sponsor Lend A Hand Foundation.

Trustpower Phone & Internet

Trustpower’s wholly owned telecommunications subsidiary, with over 27,000 customers. Originally called Kinect, Trustpower Phone & Internet works in collaboration with multiple partners and actively promotes voice and internet services over the Ultrafast broadband (UFB) network.

Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter

From its base at Tauranga Hospital, the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter undertakes air ambulance flights, hospital transfers and search and rescue work.

Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Awards

The Youth Community Spirit Award is held alongside each of the Regional Community Awards. This popular Award is open to all year 13 students, to recognise and reward service to his or her school and community.

Turbine

A machine for directly converting the kinetic and/or thermal energy of air, hot gas, steam, or water into energy.

Vulnerable Customer

a customer who has told us, or about whom it appears to us, that disconnection of energy at their premises presents a clear threat to their health or well-being or of a member of their household, or who has mains powered equipment for critical medical support.