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Highest Level of Electricity Generation Reached

New Zealand Energy Statistics: June 2005 quarter

7 September 2005

Highest Level of Electricity Generation Reached

Seasonally adjusted electricity generation in the June 2005 quarter increased 2.6 percent, following an increase of 0.8 percent in the March 2005 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today.

Total electricity generation of 10,109 gigawatt hours in the June 2005 quarter was the highest level of generation recorded in a June quarter since the survey began in 1958. This contributed to a record generation level of 39,489 gigawatt hours in the June 2005 year, which was the highest ever level of generation recorded in any year.

Overall, the trend in electricity generation has been rising since the series began. Factors such as growth in population, the range of uses of electricity, generation capacity, and variations in the availability and price of fuels for generation are the main influences on this trend. Generation by fossil fuels (coal and gas), geothermal energy and wind all increased in the June 2005 quarter compared with the June 2004 quarter. Hydro generation decreased over the same period.

=Hydro and wind generation supplied 57 percent of the electricity generated in the June 2005 quarter. The average June quarterly contribution of hydro and wind has been 62 percent over the past 10 years, but has varied from 56 percent to 71 percent of the total within that period.

The contribution of different fuel types to the generation of electricity within each quarter can be volatile, being dependent on conditions such as the lake levels for hydro generation. Cathryn Ashley-Jones

Acting Government Statistician

ENDS

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