Tariff reform has evolved through five waves since the late 1970s.
While 300+ pilots have shown that customers respond to time-varying rates, there is a reluctance among policy makers, regulators, and utilities to move ahead with new tariffs because of strongly-held misperceptions about how they may raise customer bills.
Congratulations to all our award winning members Alison Andrew the CEO of Transpower and James Tipping the Manager Strategy and regulation at Trustpower. Transpower, Trustpower, Flick Electric, ChargeNet, LZ, STOS, GNS Science, Venture Southland, Active Refrigeration and Alan Jenkins were the winners of the 2017 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards, announced last night. Over 600 people from the energy sector came together and celebrated with the Minister of Energy and Resources, the Hon Judith Collins.
While some of us are busy dealing with dry winter, Electric Vehicles, and observing political parties pre-election, the YEPN council has been working with BEC on our 3-year strategy. We will also organise a get-together soon, so stay tuned as we will announce more very shortly.
The legislated low-user fixed charge has become a “middle-class subsidy” for electricity and needs to be scrapped or replaced, the country’s political parties agree. Labour Party energy spokesperson Dr Megan Woods says the most vulnerable families in terms of energy poverty in her Wigram electorate office are not small households with solar panels, but “very large families”.“They are probably living in uninsulated rental accommodation and they’re the ones not getting the benefit, so I absolutely don’t think it meets the needs that I think it needs to.”“It can be seen as a middle-class subsidy now.”
Hear the the Minister for Energy and Resources, along with the spokespeople from five other political parties, outline the respective policies they want to implement, if on the Treasury benches following the general election in September. Hear their individual statements and…
The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) is a group of New Zealand’s peak energy sector organisations taking a leading role in creating a sustainable energy future. As a division of BusinessNZ, New Zealand’s largest business advocacy body and member of the World Energy Council (WEC), BEC members are a cross-section of leading energy-sector business, government and research organisations. Together with its members the BEC is shaping the energy agenda for New Zealand.
We were delighted to host Christoph Menzel, Manager of the World Energy Council (WEC) Scenarios 2060, at our exclusive BEC member-only roundtable. Given the importance of the WEC scenarios and the fact that we will look to leverage off them in our next BEC2060 scenario work, Christoph’s presentation was a unique opportunity to better understand the WEC2060 scenarios released in October 2016 at the World Energy Congress in Istanbul.
Having previously reported on the usage of Blockchain we are excited to see the current development of NZ’s peer-to-peer (P2P) power platform P2 Power. In an interview on Wednesday Stu Innes, the P2 Power’s co-founder, said that the company is currently working with Lightning Lab to explore options, such as blockchain, to improve their data-driven platform.
The Energiewende is seen as a longer-term “investment” which comes with significant costs. The German government has spent about €500 billion on electricity subsidies to date. But it expects it will have beneficial outcomes out to 2030 in terms of economic development, as well as by creating a decarbonised energy system. Germany’s “integrated” policy seeks to lower emissions across the country’s electricity, industrial and transport sectors. It also seeks to increase energy security by reducing the country’s coal, gas, petroleum and uranium imports.
A co-hosted Smart Grid Forum and BusinessNZ presentation. Tina Shirr from BusinessNZ Energy Council talks about Germany’s energy transition: “Energiewende”
Meet the Climate Change Leaders.