The pricing schedules and documents below outline our current prices, how we set and apply them and exemptions. We update our prices and associated documents each year.

Pricing information for 2022

Price schedule
Capital Contributions
Loss factors
Pricing methodology
Current exemptions

Common questions on pricing

Q1: Is my connection eligible for a Residential pricing plan?
A: The pricing plan your energy retailer will offer you is often influenced by the classification of the connection by Marlborough Lines, the provider of network services.
Marlborough Lines use the following residential consumer definition to determine eligibility for residential pricing plans. 

Residential Consumer Definition

A residential consumer is where the consumer’s metered point of connection is for a home, not normally used for any business activity.

The classification used by Marlborough Lines is supported by the definition of domestic consumer and domestic premises set out in – section 5 of the Electricity Industry Act 2010.
  • domestic consumer means a person who purchases or uses electricity in respect of domestic premises
  • domestic premises means premises that are used or intended for occupation by a person principally as a place of residence; but does not include premises that constitute any part of premises described in section 5(c) to (k) of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (which refers to places such as jails, hospitals, hostels, hotels, and other places providing temporary accommodation)
Q2: Is my connection eligible for the low-fixed charge pricing plan? 

A: Marlborough lines and your electricity retailer work together to assist low-use electricity consumers who use less than 8,000kWh per year, by offering a low fixed charge pricing plan.
The low-fixed charge price plan has a combination of low daily charges and higher variable charges when compared with the standard residential price plan.  This means if you use less than 8,000 kWh per year the low fixed charge plan will be cheaper for you.

The Residential low fixed charge pricing plan is generally available to Residential consumers at their principal place of residence.

Therefore the low fixed charge pricing plan is not available if the premises are:
  • A holiday home.
  • A building ancillary to a person's principal place of residence (e.g. shed or garage) that has a separate Installation Control Point (ICP).
Marlborough Lines is exempt from offering low fixed charge pricing plans under the Electricity (Low Fixed Charge Tariff Option for Domestic Consumers) Regulations 2004:
  1. In areas designated as “remote” including: Kaiuma Bay, Pelorus Sound, Queen Charlotte Sound, Curious Cove, Port Underwood, Arapawa Island, French Pass, D'Urville Island, Upper Waihopai Valley, Upper Wairau Valley, Cape Campbell, Southern East Coast and Upper Awatere Valley.
Refer to Remote Areas Map (PDF).
  1. For installations with capacity provided at >15kVa and/or three phase supply.
Examples of premises that are not residential include:
  • Hospital, home or other institution for the care of sick, disabled or aged persons.
  • Hostel, barracks, dormitory or other similar type of premises providing accommodation for any persons or class of persons.
  • Building occupied by a club and used by the club for the provision of temporary or transient accommodation to members of the club.
  • Hotel, motel, boarding house, lodging house used for the provision of temporary or transient accommodation.
  • Camping ground, motor camp or marina.


Payments made to eligible consumers

In accordance with clause 2.4.23 of Electricity Distribution Information Disclosure Determination 2012, Marlborough Lines has made the following payments to eligible consumers. 

Allocation methodology Date payment made Total payment made (excl. GST) Paid by
Based on eligibility, price plan and applicable rates (refer to relevant line delivery price schedules), and electricity consumed (kWh) over the payment period. 28 August 2020 $4,483,702.55 Marlborough Lines Limited


Historical pricing information

Price schedule

Loss factors

Pricing methodology

Previous Exemptions


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