It's not expensive is it? (August 2013)Everyone in the world has a smart phone or iPad. Walking, working, eating, or anytime in the day they will be with you. They name it "smart phone" but you still need to physically re-charge it every day. And when you get home, your fridge, washing machine, television set, lights, computer and many other appliances are all powered by electricity.
|Electricy lights up our famous Sky Tower and controls our motorway system|
There are no nuclear power plants in New Zealand due to our opposition to nuclear power. Instead power is generated by coal, water (dam), wind, thermal heat and solar power.
|Lots of water runs into our Southern lakes from mountains. Coal power plant near Auckland|
|Thermal generation is used as New Zealand sits on the ring of fire. Wind and Solar are still in infant stage|
Electricity generated by power plants is distributed to wholesalers, we then choose the wholesaler who will look after our house. This "free to choose" system is to promote competition on price and services between wholesalers, previously there was only one monopolized power wholesaler.
|Power from generator plants to your house via sub-stations and high voltage towers.|
As of 2011, each domestic household was paying an average electric power price of NZ$0.2717/KW/Hour. The price is not bad but could be cheaper compared to other countries. So it looks like the promotion of competition between several power wholesalers has not worked as we hoped.
Our government's opposition party is promoting a monopolised single power wholesaler system again, however as we mentioned earlier we are really not sure which system works best.
Each household now has a unit installed in your power box which monitors your power usage which you can check on the internet.
The unit also sends a signal back to the power company so there is no longer a need for the "meter reader" to come to your house anymore.
|Country||Price in NZ$ (kW/Hour)*|
|*average price at 2011|
Back in the old days of 1980's New Zealand, the price of power was $0.1656/KW/Hour.
Ever increasing electrical gizmos and higher power bills, may mean we are unable to log on to Facebook or Twitter as often as we can now.
We may have to start conserving our power.
If you choose to do productions in outdoor New Zealand, you will most likely have full sun light covering you and your location.
If you are planning to produce TV programs or TV commercial productions without electrical lighting contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I am using electrical power now to make this month's What's new article.
This high voltage power line tower looks like a proud human demanding another price increase.