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New Technology Outperforms Traditional Wind Turbine

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:18:43 +1200 | Pacific Wind

An overseas test has revealed a technology available to New Zealand businesses is capable of producing results three times greater than traditional systems according to Pacific Wind program manager Reza Sehdehi.More >>

Fracking America by Walter M Brasch

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:54:44 +1200 | Greeley and Stone

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Carbon tax could lower emissions and GST

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:21:44 +1200 | University of Auckland

A new, powerful way of modelling the impact of carbon pricing has been developed by University of Auckland doctoral researcher Sina Mashinchi in collaboration with experts at Cambridge University. It shows how a carbon tax targeting emissions-intensive ...More >>

Electricity watchdog gives green light to “kill solar power”

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:58:54 +1200 | Greenpeace New Zealand

Wednesday, June 13: New Zealand’s electricity watchdog is not fit for purpose and is working with big energy companies to destroy the future of rooftop solar power in New Zealand, according to Greenpeace NZ.More >>

Switching on cheaper, safer LED lighting

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:11:50 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Ten per cent of New Zealand’s urban streets are now lit by safer, cheaper and more efficient LED lighting, Transport and Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says. Last year the Government announced plans to boost the introduction of LED lighting ...More >>

Power prices leave families shivering

Wed, 6 Jul 2016 10:56:00 +1200 | Green Party

A new Consumer NZ survey showing almost 40 percent of households have had to cut back on heating their homes because of the cost of power shows that power prices are too high under National, the Green Party said.More >>

Entrust and Hip Op-eration join forces to say ‘No’

Wed, 6 Jul 2016 10:34:34 +1200 | Entrust

Entrust and Hip Op-eration join forces to say ‘No’ to Auckland $78 million electricity transmission price hike More >>

EV chargers helping the environment

Mon, 4 Jul 2016 17:01:13 +1200 | Vector Limited

Vector’s electric vehicle charging stations continue to be used regularly. Since we began installing chargers in November 2015, we have served 21.82 MWh of electricity, potentially saving as much as 29,000 kilograms of CO2 from being emitted into the ...More >>

AG's report published, Energy sector: 2014/15 audits

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:28:24 +1200 | Office of the Auditor-General

The Auditor-General’s report Energy sector: Results of the 2014/15 audits was presented to the House of Representatives today. This is the first report that the Office has published that focuses on the audits of public entities in the energy sector.More >>

Government freezes elderly out of insulation subsidy

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:18:04 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Government cuts to the Warm Up New Zealand insulation subsidy means it will now only be available for rental properties and could leave many elderly homeowners cold this winter, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.More >>

Community Group left out of meetings about oil activity

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:49:17 +1200 | Taranaki Energy Watch

Taranaki Energy Watch has been excluded from pre-hearing meetings where key sections of the District Plan in relation to oil and gas activities were discussed. This occurred despite multiple requests from the energy group to be included.More >>

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 >>


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