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NZ's energy leaders prove their brilliance

2 February 2006

New Zealand's energy leaders prove their brilliance

27 organisations with proven innovation and brilliant thinking in energy efficiency or renewable energy projects have been selected as finalists in the EECA EnergyWise Awards 2006.

'The finalists are of an extremely high standard and showcase some very exciting projects,' said Heather Staley, Chief Executive of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) today. 'They clearly demonstrate that good energy management makes good business sense and can result in significant economic and environmental benefits.'

'Achieving New Zealand's potential for energy efficiency and renewable energy requires a cooperative effort. It is great to be able to acknowledge those innovative organisations who are doing something positive about their energy use and leading by example,' Ms Staley said.

Entries were received across nine categories. A winner will be selected in each category, and the best of these winning entries will receive the EECA Supreme Award for outstanding performance.

The entries are judged on the benefits of the project (energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions), cost effectiveness, innovation, and sustainability (the continuation of the project and the ability for it to be replicated by other businesses).

The winners will be announced at the EECA EnergyWise Awards function to be held at the Langham Hotel in Auckland on Wednesday 1 March. Tickets are available by visiting www.eeca.govt.nz.

A full list of finalists by category follows.

EECA EnergyWise Awards 2006

Finalists List Transpower Energy Supplier Award Initiatives that best achieve an efficient supply-demand balance Energy for Industry for Auckland Hospital

Meridian Energy Renewable Energy Award A project or technology using a renewable energy source Carter Holt Harvey for Kinleith Mill The Pier Development Ltd and SolarTech Ltd for the Pier Development solar water heating installation Lincolne Scott for the Baywave Aquatic Centre, Tauranga Palmerston North City Council for their Renewable Energy Self Sufficiency Project

Fujitsu General NZ Ltd Community Award A project or initiative within the community which promotes and encourages sustainable energy EnergySmart their commitment to energy efficiency in the community Huntly Energy Efficiency Trust for their housing retrofit project Contact Energy for the Contact Healthy Homes Initiative

Honeywell Innovation Award Services, products or projects in end-use energy efficiency and/or renewable energy Line Trust South Canterbury and Energy Mad for their Household Efficient Lighting Project Energy for Industry for Winstone Pulp International heat plant Palmerston North City Council for their Renewable Energy Self Sufficiency Project Energy for Industry for Auckland Hospital

Shell New Zealand Transport Award A demand management or fleet management initiative Kristin School, Albany for their 'Get on the bus' project Auckland Regional Transport Authority for the Auckland Walking School Bus Programme URS NZ Ltd for their staff travel plan

Genesis Energy Commercial/Services Award Private sector commercial building, retail and service organisations ECO Systems Ltd for MacDonald's Head Office Ports of Auckland for their floodlighting upgrade YHA New Zealand for their energy audit programme

Energy for Industry Industrial/Manufacturing Award Light and heavy manufacturing and processes Fisher and Paykel for their domestic refrigeration programme Dominion Breweries for their Heineken Aware of Energy Project Fonterra Co-operative Group for their energy reduction project

Contact Energy Manager Award Individuals managing energy accounts over $250,000 p.a. Cees Ebskamp, Dept of Corrections Trevor Gerken, Carter Holt Harvey Val Moraes, Progressive Enterprises Brendon Groufsky, Canterbury District Health Board

Ministry for the Environment Public Sector Award Central/local government and crown-funded organisations

Hamilton City Council for their energy efficiency projects

Department of Corrections for their energy savings programme

The winners of the above categories are eligible for the EECA Supreme Award.

EECA is implementing the Government's National Energy Efficiency and Conservation strategy and working to improve New Zealanders' energy choices.

ENDS

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