South pays North gains

The cable through which electricity is sent between the North and South Islands has generated many an argument.

The latest has southern generators sparking because they have to pay for it but no longer gain most from it.

In the past they’ve paid because they got the benefit from spending power north but now a similar amount of electricity comes south.

South Island generator Meridian Energy said the link should be paid for by “anyone who uses and everyone who benefits from it”.

That sounds fair to me, although of course no matter who wins this argument, in the end it will be the consumers who pick up the final bill.

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