Frequently Asked Questions

Is our power system self reliant?
The commissioning of OEC4, the 31.5MW geothermal power station to the north of the Ngāwhā Springs Settlement, has improved security of supply and reliability for the whole of the Northland region by making it less reliant on generation from the south and associated transmission through Auckland.
Having generation in the region (i.e. close to local demand) reduces wholesale prices in the region relative to wholesale prices elsewhere, potentially reducing the price consumers pay.
Yes, under the new TPM our Transmission prices increased by $4M to $6M on 1 April 2023.
No. You buy your power from your electricity retailer. Top Energy cannot be involved in retailing electricity to consumers on its network.
No. The Parahirahi Ngāwhā Waiariki Trust as kaitiaki has a responsibility to ensure that the springs are maintained and developed so that future generations can enjoy their healing waters.
Tours of the Ngāwhā Power Station are available from the Kaikohe Show held annually at the beginning of every year.