Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Energy savvy Corrections to cut bill by $1 million

Energy savvy Corrections to cut bill by $1 million

The Department of Corrections' commitment to energy management became official today, with the ceremonial cutting of an energy bill at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

The Department's energy management programme has a target of reducing energy consumption, which will lead to more than $1 million in energy savings in the next five years. The savings will be achieved through the Department's energy strategy and a series of action plans.

Heather Staley, Chief Executive of EECA, says she was delighted to have Corrections on board. "As the third biggest energy consumer among government departments, Corrections is showing leadership to the rest of the state sector.

"Energy efficiency does not mean cutting back on services - it means getting more out of each unit of energy. This is smart business practice in either the public or the private sector," Ms Staley said.

Richard Morris, Corrections' Chief Financial Officer, says with an energy bill of more than $4.2 million a year for electricity, gas, coal, fuel and oil, implementing an energy management programme, with the help of EECA, was the next step for the Department.

"We want to achieve best practice in our energy use and ensure we're not using more energy than we need to. We're also doing our bit to achieve the Government's vision of a sustainable energy future," Mr Morris says.

Explaining how the Department will achieve energy savings Mr Morris says getting good information on the energy consumption of individual facilities is a key starting point.

"Check meters and monitoring technology have been installed at our facilities to give us better control over energy use. We audited these facilities and found there are many areas where we can use energy in a smarter way, and staff will be trained in tools and techniques to achieve this."

Mr Morris highlights Christchurch Prison as an example of energy efficiency in action. "The prison has reduced its energy costs by half, from about $800 per inmate per year to $400. This is thanks to implementing energy savings measures identified by an energy audit, improved monitoring and reporting of energy use, and the presence of an on-site energy manager."

In making a commitment with EECA, the Department is contributing to achieving the state sector's target of a 15% improvement in energy efficiency by 2006. In return, EECA will provide information, financial assistance and other support to the Department to reach this goal.

Corrections joins 50 state sector organisations that have made a commitment to improve energy efficiency.

For information on EECA's programmes visit

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>


Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news