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10,000 electric vehicles on NZ roads

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:33:10 +1200 | New Zealand Government

The number of electric vehicles (EVs) registered on New Zealand roads officially has passed the 10,000 milestone. More >>

June qtr renewables reach 37-year high

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:04:43 +1200 | BusinessDesk

Sept. 20 (BusinessDesk) - Strong hydro and wind generation saw 85 percent of the country’s electricity produced from renewables in the June quarter, according to government data.More >>

Electricity price caps may harm new entrants, investment

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:19:55 +1200 | BusinessDesk

Sept. 18 (BusinessDesk) - Retail price caps in the electricity market may disproportionately harm new entrant players while also discouraging investment, ratings agency S&P Global says in an appraisal of the Australian power market.More >>

Aurora faces court action for network reliability breaches

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:48:30 +1200 | BusinessDesk

Sept. 17 (BusinessDesk) - Aurora Energy faces court action after breaching its reliability standards for two years running. More >>

The rising cost of Power; solutions

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:59:08 +1200 | Grey Power New Zealand

Findings from the Government's Electricity Pricing Review were released on Tuesday and reveal the price of power has risen by 79 percent since the 1990s with 103,000 households spending more than 10 per cent of their income on power. More >>

Meridian axes 'unjustifiable' prompt payment discounts

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 21:09:13 +1200 | BusinessDesk

Sept. 14 (BusinessDesk) - Meridian Energy has axed "unjustifiable" prompt payment discounts, effectively cutting its power prices to all customers by the 10-to-16 percent discount it has traditionally offered to those who pay their electricity ...More >>

Renewables, market power may force electricity change

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 18:12:40 +1200 | BusinessDesk

Sept. 14 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand may have to consider changing its wholesale electricity market as increasing volumes of solar and wind energy make it harder to fund traditional large-scale generation, an Auckland academic says.More >>

Meridian to replace unfair prompt payment discounts

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 18:02:00 +1200 | Meridian Energy

Meridian Energy will replace prompt payment discounts with a monthly guaranteed discount of equal value to all customers from 1 October. More >>

Biomass the Big Winner

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 14:01:18 +1200 | Azwood Energy

Woody biomass was the big winner when the final Productivity Commission Report on a Low-emissions Economy was released last week. More >>

PEPANZ has it wrong

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:25:56 +1200 | Fossil Fuels Aotearoa Research Network

The Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ) claims there are no ‘direct’ or ‘major’ subsidies to the oil and gas industry, but the Productivity Commission’s report confirms they do exist.More >>

Urgent need for massive solar injection

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:49:39 +1200 | Greenpeace New Zealand

Friday, September 14: A new report published by the University of Auckland Business School has revealed that New Zealanders have been ripped off by big electricity generators to the tune of $5.4 billion over seven years.More >>

$5.4 billion in “excess profits” for energy generators

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 09:36:39 +1200 | University of Auckland

$5.4 billion in “excess profits” for energy generators over seven years - economist A new report by a University of Auckland economist has found that in the seven years from 2010 to 2016, power generators pocketed an extra $5.4 billion in profits over ...More >>

Greenpeace Proposal the best way to lower electricity prices

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:15:15 +1200 | Sustainable Energy Association

The Sustainable Energy Association of New Zealand (SEANZ) today fully endorsed the Greenpeace proposal to redirect taxpayer-funded subsidies for fossil fuels and divert them to supporting half a million homes install solar and batteries.More >>

Greenpeace launches plan to solarise half a million NZ homes

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:27:11 +1200 | Greenpeace New Zealand

Thursday, September 13: Greenpeace has unveiled a plan that would see half a million New Zealand homes solarised over the next 10 years with money currently being used to subsidise the oil and gas industry.More >>

Project releases unique household electricity demand dataset

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 12:39:42 +1200 | University of Otago

“How much electricity do heat pumps really use? When is hot water heated and are the lights kept on all day in winter?” These and other questions can now be answered thanks to the release of anonymised electricity power demand data from a sample of ...More >>

Gordon Campbell on the rising cost of petrol

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:07:35 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

What’s up with the global price of oil? Unsurprisingly, there are several scenarios out there about where oil prices are headed. Most of them envisage the price going up – maybe even way up – over the next 18-24 months, starting about now. Only ...More >>

Greenpeace has it wrong - no subsidies for oil and gas

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 10:15:40 +1200 | PEPANZ

There are no direct subsidies for the oil and gas industry in New Zealand and Greenpeace has their facts wrong, says the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ).More >>

Less talk or more walk from Energy Minister

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 15:22:56 +1200 | New Zealand National Party

Megan Woods, the Minister of Energy and Resources, wouldn’t give a guarantee in Parliament today to cut power price rises but will wait and see what the Electricity Price Review finds, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Young ...More >>

Electricity review suppresses lowest-cost options

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:00:20 +1200 | Molly Melhuish

The Electricity Price Review incorrectly states that electricity supplies 85% of household energy, referring to MBIE’s energy balances spreadsheet (screenshot attached). More >>

Gordon Campbell on yesterday’s electricity price review

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:03:51 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

Y esterday’s initial report on the cost of electricity pricing is but the first step in a process that will not see any government response until next May, after the Electricity Price Review’s final report has been presented. However, yesterday’s ...More >>


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