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We re­ceived a large num­ber of en­quiries re­lat­ing to the cost of the pro­posal and how it would be paid for. There will be no spe­cific in­crease in your bill as a re­sult of this project be­cause it will be funded by ex­ist­ing dis­tri­bu­tion charges.

Dis­tri­bu­tion charges pay for elec­tric­ity net­work main­te­nance as well as ma­jor projects such as this. Costs are spread over large cus­tomer bases to pre­vent price hikes for small com­mu­ni­ties.

This project will be paid for by dis­tri­bu­tion charges from cus­tomers in the re­gion for­merly sup­plied by the Thames Val­ley Power Board. This in­cludes cus­tomers as far away as Whi­tianga. In turn, cus­tomers in Mata­mata-Pi­ako and South Waikato help fund ma­jor up­grades out­side of their dis­tricts.

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