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Carr named to chair Climate Change Commission

Tue, 8 Oct 2019 13:43:55 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Former Reserve Bank chair Rod Carr has been appointed chair-designate of the independent Climate Change Commission. More >>

Council welcomes Electricity Price Review findings

Mon, 7 Oct 2019 13:50:58 +1300 | Ruapehu District Council

Mayor Cameron said that Council feels that the recommendations are realistic and workable given the current structure and complexity of the sector. More >>

NZ performs well in world energy trilemma index, but slips

Sun, 6 Oct 2019 15:27:35 +1300 | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on September26 , 2019. An analysis of the World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index shows NZ ranks highly in comparison to other countries, but has slipped in terms of security and sustainability.More >>

Lines companies, retailers clash in default price debate

Sun, 6 Oct 2019 15:22:54 +1300 | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on September26 , 2019. Electricity lines companies are suggesting changes are needed to the regulatory framework due to the impact of low-interest rates on calculations as the Commerce Commission releases ...More >>

Independent Retailers on Electricity Reforms

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 20:12:49 +1300 | Joint Press Release

Independent Retailers Call on the Electricity Authority to Implement the Government Electricity Reforms with Urgency Press Release - for immediate release Independent retailers Ecotricity, energyclubnz, Flick Electric Co., Pulse Energy, Vocus (who ...More >>

Electricity Price Review: Householders must not subsidise

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 19:54:34 +1300 | Molly Melhuish

I welcome Government’s recognition that electricity is an essential service, so prices must be fair. More >>

Low fixed charge regs to go

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 15:01:56 +1300 | BusinessDesk

The government’s low fixed charge regime for power pricing is to be phased out as part of a suite of measures intended to put downward pressure on household electricity costs and increase competition.More >>

MEUG welcomes release of Electricity Price Review report

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 14:10:59 +1300 | Major Electricity Users Group

The Major Electricity Users’ Group (MEUG) welcomes the release of the Electricity Pricing Review report and the Government’s response says chair John Harbord. More >>

Retailers welcome EPR focus on customers

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 13:37:15 +1300 | Electricity Retailers' Association of NZ

The Electricity Retailers’ Association is looking forward to working with the Government to ensure customers continue to enjoy the benefits of a world-class competitive electricity system, ERANZ Chief Executive Cameron Burrows says.More >>

Work needed to successfully deliver electricity outcomes

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 13:13:36 +1300 | Business NZ

The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) welcomes the release of the Electricity Price Review Panel’s report (the ‘EPR’ report) and the Government’s response to it, but work is needed.More >>

Inaction on energy hardship hurting beneficiaries

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 13:11:31 +1300 | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Government’s response to the Electricity Price Review will do little to alleviate growing energy hardship that affects low-income communities. Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling for tangible action to reduce power prices, including putting ...More >>

Electricity Authority welcomes EPR report

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 12:17:03 +1300 | Electricity Authority

The Authority welcomes the Government’s response to the Electricity Price Review’s final report released today. More >>

Govt failing to deliver more affordable electricity

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 12:13:38 +1300 | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s response to the Electricity Price Review has failed to deliver meaningful savings for New Zealanders struggling with the rising cost of living, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Young says.More >>

FinCap welcomes move to reduce energy hardship

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 12:11:29 +1300 | FinCap

FinCap welcomes the Government’s response to the Final Report of the Electricity Price Review process as a "good first step". FinCap supports 200 local financial capability and budgeting services across New Zealand. Collectively these services ...More >>

Mercury encourages joined-up response to energy plans

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 12:08:55 +1300 | Mercury Energy

03 October 2019 – Mercury will work with all participants in the electricity sector to support the outcomes sought by the Electricity Price Review (EPR). More >>

Government levels electricity playing field for consumers

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 12:04:55 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Consumers will benefit from changes to the electricity market that will see a level playing field for smaller independent retailers, greater transparency over the big power companies, increased competition in the market and more support for consumers ...More >>

Consumer protections in electricity market long overdue

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 12:00:48 +1300 | Consumer

Protections for vulnerable electricity consumers and an end to misleading “prompt-payment discounts” are being welcomed by Consumer NZ. More >>

Upstream gas investment needed for renewables back-up

Wed, 2 Oct 2019 13:48:37 +1300 | BusinessDesk

New gas-based businesses may need to be developed to ensure the country has sufficient flexible fuel resources to back up its growing fleet of renewable generation, the Gas Industry Company says.More >>

Govt considers scrapping old cars to modernise vehicle fleet

Wed, 2 Oct 2019 12:12:06 +1300 | RNZ

The government is considering paying people to scrap their old bangers in a bid to modernise the vehicle fleet. More >>

Gordon Campbell: Could a Kiwi Boris suspend Parliament?

Wed, 2 Oct 2019 10:46:48 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

Interesting piece in yesterday’s NZ Herald about the unanimous decision by the British Supreme Court that it was unlawful for PM Boris Johnson to suspend Parliament in the run-up to Brexit. Interesting because the two experts cited at length – ...More >>

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