Submission on extending recommendations to the gas market

FinCap welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Gas Industry Company Limited (GIC) Extending the Electricity Price Review’s Final Recommendations to the Gas Market – New Gas Market Guidelines for: (1) Dealing With Vulnerable Consumers; (2) Raising Consumer awareness of Utilities Disputes and Powerswitch; and (3) Saves and Winbacks Consultation Document (Consultation Document).

Where the appliances at a residential property already utilise gas then gas is an essential service, necessary for the health, wellbeing and social participation of the whānau in that property. It is extremely important that appropriate protections to access gas fairly are in place to at minimum match the equivalent protections for electricity provision.

FinCap generally supports the GIC’s proposal to implement guidelines that extend three recommendations from the Electricity Price Review to gas supply.