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Report highlights lack of government vision with new tech

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:15:01 +1200 | Sustainable Electricity Association NZ

SEANZ (Sustainable Electricity Association New Zealand) supports the call issued today for further changes to pricing signals consumers receive from power companies for their electricity that impact emerging technologies in the electricity and transport ...More >>

Fonterra coal boiler decision “ridiculous”

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:38:20 +1200 | Coal Action Network

The decision to let Fonterra build a massive, coal-fired boiler in South Canterbury is a blow for the climate and a sustainable future, and flies in the face of any regard for our grandchildren, Coal Action Network Aotearoa (CANA) said today.More >>

Last chance for free insulation

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:31:05 +1200 | Sustainability Trust

Wellington homeowners have just a few days to apply to get free insulation under the existing Government scheme, says social enterprise Sustainability Trust. More >>

CC decision reinforces electricity monopolies

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:33:50 +1200 | Molly Melhuish

The Commerce Commission said at the briefing today on Input Methodology rules that they consider consumers of electricity to be stakeholders in electricity regulation. But they said they have no effective way of implementing that .More >>

Decrease in household electricity costs

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:26:58 +1200 | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The latest New Zealand Energy Quarterly, released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), shows the average cost of electricity paid by residential consumers has fallen for the first time in 15 years. Average sales-based electricity ...More >>

EECA Chief Executive to retire

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:41:06 +1200 | Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

After almost 10 years as Chief Executive of EECA, Mike Underhill has announced plans to retire from the role towards the end of this year. Mr Underhill has a long history in the energy sector with previous chief executive roles at WEL Networks, TransAlta ...More >>

Fight to stop proposal to allow “risky” oil and gas testing

Thu, 9 Jun 2016 12:45:03 +1200 | Taranaki Energy Watch

Fight to stop proposal to allow “risky” oil and gas testing close to schools and homes More >>

$1 billion for Pacific energy projects

Wed, 8 Jun 2016 17:15:48 +1200 | New Zealand Government

New Zealand and the European Union today welcomed the successful conclusion of the Pacific Energy Conference in Auckland which saw donors commit over $1 billion for sustainable energy projects in the Pacific.More >>

Government needs to walk the talk

Wed, 8 Jun 2016 14:44:04 +1200 | Bioenergy Association

Government needs to walk the talk with regard to climate change mitigation “The Government need to walk the talk with regard to climate change mitigation”, says Brian Cox, Bioenergy Association Executive Officer. “Central and local government ...More >>

Regulatory curbs limit excessive profits from lines company

Wed, 8 Jun 2016 09:42:08 +1200 | BusinessDesk

June 8 (BusinessDesk) - The Commerce Commission is hailing the success of revenue limits in curbing excessive profits at electricity lines companies, although Auckland's Vector and Wellington Electricity were among five distribution firms showing a material ...More >>

“Yes we can!” achieve greenhouse gas mitigation

Mon, 30 May 2016 10:51:52 +1200 | Bioenergy Association

“When 22 of New Zealand’s energy efficiency and renewable energy associations are eager to convene at short notice to form a collective view, you know you are onto something worthwhile”, says Brian Cox, Bioenergy Association Executive Officer ...More >>

Government cuts Warm-Up programme that saves lives

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:40:24 +1200 | Green Party

National has cut home insulation funding to its lowest ever level in Budget 2016, which will leave thousands of people shivering in their houses again this winter, the Green Party said todayMore >>

Transpower contemplates rise of storage capacity

Wed, 25 May 2016 17:17:58 +1200 | BusinessDesk

May 25 (BusinessDesk) - Transpower, the national grid operator, sees a swift and game-changing transformation of the way electricity is delivered to users by 2040 when it expects to see the widespread uptake of 'extensive storage' batteries that ...More >>

Taking the Long View: Solar power crucial for the long game

Wed, 25 May 2016 16:44:55 +1200 | Gord Stewart

Grid defection they call it. It happens when customers find it economical to say goodbye to their power company and the electrical grid in favour of self-generated power from a solar-and-battery system.More >>

Time for the Government to do the right thing

Mon, 23 May 2016 11:00:58 +1200 | Green Party

Time for the Government to do the right thing and take strong action on climate change It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions ...More >>

wards winners leading by example

Thu, 19 May 2016 10:39:42 +1200 | EECA

Using New Zealanders’ love of sport to promote greater energy efficiency and sustainability has gained Project Litefoot Trust the top honours at the 2016 EECA Awards. Using New Zealanders’ love of sport to promote greater energy efficiency and sustainability ...More >>

TrustPower would 'vigorously' fight loss of revenue

Wed, 18 May 2016 16:36:55 +1200 | BusinessDesk

May 18 (BusinessDesk) - Trustpower could be among the biggest losers under the Electricity Authority's proposed changes to charges for the national grid and is likely to "vigorously" fight changes to distributed generation pricing changes that could slash $25 million ...More >>

NZ First Does Not Support Electricity ‘Crony Capitalism’

Wed, 18 May 2016 14:52:50 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is demanding serious changes to the Electricity Authority and total revision of the proposed Transpower Pricing Methodology. More >>

Transmission pricing methodology – a backwards step for NZ

Wed, 18 May 2016 12:24:23 +1200 | Molly Melhuish

The transmission pricing methodology (TPM) proposal announced today by the Electricity Authority is based on a philosophy that is a travesty of consumer rights. More >>

Gordon Campbell on electricity, executions, and Bob Dylan

Wed, 18 May 2016 10:15:07 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

This week, New Zealand’s crisis of poverty and homelessness has been making headlines around the world . At exactly the same time, Electricity Authority has unveiled the final version of its pricing plan for electricity transmission.More >>


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