All of the charges on the pricing schedule fit into the handy wee graph below. If you’re a Flick customer, you’ll see something that looks a bit like this on your bill:
On the bill breakdown you'll see five separate categories - Generation, Transmission & Distribution, Metering, GST & EA Levy, and Flick Fees. Below is how they correspond to the table listed on the pricing schedules.
Generation - This is that wholesale price of power that we keep going on about - prices change every half hour depending on supply, demand, weather conditions, and any constraints in supply. We provide you with smart tools to keep you updated throughout the day, so you can make informed decisions about when you use power. This is the part on the price schedule that says Variable Generation, and it's why there's no set price, it just says “plus spot”.
Transmission & Distribution - this is the charge for the network companies to get the power from the generation supply (like the hydro station or wind farm) to your property, and it includes any Network Fixed Charges, and Network Variable Charges shown on the pricing schedule.
Metering - these are the rental costs from the metering companies who own your power meter (you might be surprised to learn that you don't actually own your smart meter!) - this is the Metering Daily Charge shown on the schedule.
GST & EA Levy - The EA Levy is what the Electricity Authority charges for us to be able to act as a power company on the New Zealand electricity market. This will be shown on the schedule as EA Levy Variable Charge.
Our price schedules are exclusive of GST. Most power companies show their prices exclusive of GST, so we do the same to make it easier to compare us with them. We add GST to the bill separately, so it makes it clear how each of these costs break down before any tax is added.
Flick Fees - These are the fees that we charge to be your retailer. They're shown on the price schedule as the Flick Fixed Charge, and the Flick Variable Charge.
Flick's retail fee is only 1.86 cents per unit and 48.4 cents per day for Standard users; or between 3.3 cents and 4.06 cents per unit (depending on where you live), with no daily charge for Low users. If you need to, click through to find out whether you're a Standard or Low user.