Residential electricity costs in New Zealand vs OECD average

2000–2014, USD per megawatt hour (PPP)


The International Energy Agency refers to this as the "price", while the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) refers to this as the "cost per unit" as it is a measure of what was actually paid relative to the quantity of electricity consumed.

Data calculation/treatment

Price comparisons between countries are presented on a purchasing power parity (PPP) basis. New Zealand liquid fuel prices are at the lower end of the OECD range, due to the relatively low taxes. The New Zealand diesel tax component does not include Road User Charges (RUCs). Residential natural gas prices should be treated as indicative only, as tariffs for residential gas in New Zealand generally include high fixed charges.
Consumption per person presented for electricity, oil and natural gas.

Limitations of the data

Data is sourced from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Care is needed in interpreting the data, as product specifications, statistical methodologies and information available differs considerably among countries.

Data provided by

Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment

Dataset name

Energy in New Zealand: International Comparisons 2014


Import & extraction details

File as imported: Energy in New Zealand: International Comparisons 2014

From the dataset Energy in New Zealand: International Comparisons 2014, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: Residential Electricity Costs
  • Range: D12:R80
  • Provided: 881 data points

This data forms the table Energy - Residential electricity costs and taxes (international) 2000–2014.

Dataset originally released on:

September 17, 2015