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In your issue of the 19th, "Progress" states that "one of the chief reasons for the decline in primary production is the Government's and Power Board's attitude towards the reticulation of outlying districts." That this is quite contrary to fact may be illustrated by the statement taken from the 1944 Annual Statistics of the hydro-electric branch of the Public Works Department, that no less than 96.48 per cent of the inhabitants of New Zealand are within reticulated areas of supply. I understand the figure now exceeds 97 per cent. Although this may not be much consolation to the 3 per cent who have not the advantage of this amenity, yet this fact cannot possibly have any appreciable effect on primary production. He further states that even if potential consunv ers agree to pay, there is no guarantee that they will ever get electricity. This is not the case. The Electric Supply Regulations provide that any consumer who is within an area of supply of an Electric Supply Authority, or who is sufficiently near, in the opinion of the Chief Electrical Engineer, to enable a supply of energy to be furnished, may demand that such* supply be made available, and providing he signs the required guarantee, and gives security if required, then the supply must be given within 12 months. The amount of payment which may be demanded by way of guarantee is also set out clearly in this regulation, which is designed to protect the existing consumers of the authority from uneconomic expenditure of funds for which they are in effect responsible. Your correspondent also states that any subsequent additional consumers may secure supply from the lines merely by paying the cost of service lines to their place. This also is contrary to fact, as the regulations clearly state that if additional consumers are connected to a guaranteed line the amounts they pay for power must be used to reduce the payments necessary by the original guarantors. There is no country in the whole world which approaches anywhere near to the degree of \ reticulation of New Zealand, which, Jas stated above, makes electricity available to 97 per cent of the inhabitants. ENGINEER.

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POWER FOR OUTLYING FARMS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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POWER FOR OUTLYING FARMS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945