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Electricity sector changes should be treated with caution

Sun, 10 Nov 2019 13:32:41 +1300 | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on October 31, 2019. The BusinessNZ Energy Council has warned the Government to be cautious about making changes to the electricity sector without thinking through the potential unintended consequences.More >>

Opportunity missed to make Zero Carbon Bill actually work

Thu, 7 Nov 2019 13:36:14 +1300 | Federated Farmers

The government failed to take on board common sense suggestions for the improvement of the Zero Carbon Bill yesterday. More >>

Government’s resources strategy all spin and no substance

Thu, 7 Nov 2019 12:46:55 +1300 | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s resources strategy is high on rhetoric, weak on reality and continues to send a signal to the world that New Zealand is closed for business, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Young says.More >>

Sales of inefficient light bulbs plummet

Wed, 6 Nov 2019 14:39:29 +1300 | EECA

Supermarket sales of energy-hungry incandescent light bulbs have halved since 2015, a trend welcomed by EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority). More >>

Biodiversity HiveMind Report: Plenty Of Common Ground

Wed, 6 Nov 2019 12:38:23 +1300 | HiveMind

What do people think about protecting and restoring New Zealand’s biodiversity? To find out, we invited New Zealanders to engage with each other on this topic as citizens using Scoop’s public engagement platform, HiveMind . More >>

Electric Kiwi says market power test needs strengthening

Sun, 3 Nov 2019 13:14:01 +1300 | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Electric Kiwi and Haast Energy say the Commerce Act’s test for use of market power needs to be strengthened as the status quo is holding back the electricity sector. More >>

Just Transition Unit reports success - suggests expansion

Sun, 27 Oct 2019 11:40:55 +1300 | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Just Transitions Unit work has been successful so far in Taranaki, but will need more funding to continue and expand, especially if it extends it work into the agriculture area where the Government is planning for the impact of major change, says a Cabinet ...More >>

EECA to look at LEDs in all housing

Sun, 27 Oct 2019 11:37:26 +1300 | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority is looking at whether it would be feasible to replace all household lighting with LEDs and its minister wants it to do more work on getting communities to develop their own renewable energy projects.More >>

Electricity prices putting pressure on consumers

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:26:01 +1300 | New Zealand National Party

Growing wholesale electricity costs are putting huge pressure on industrial and commercial consumers, and will likely hit households soon, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Young says.More >>

Gordon Campbell on Trudeau’s election ‘victory’

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 12:10:04 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

Y esterday in Canada… was a bad, bad election outcome for the fossil fuels industry. Not only were Justin Trudeau and his Liberals returned to power, but Trudeau’s most likely coalition partner – the NDP – is adamantly opposed to the huge Trans ...More >>

Price review leads to further review of energy institutions

Sun, 20 Oct 2019 12:10:24 +1300 | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Following on from the Electricity Price Review (EPR), the Government is beginning work on a further review to “explore new institutional arrangements” in the energy sector.More >>

Renewable energy supply hits new record

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:39:08 +1300 | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s supply of renewable energy has hit its highest level since records began as the Government’s long term transition towards renewables continues, Minister Megan Woods has said.More >>

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 >>


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