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Calling all Future Energy Leaders 

The YEPN is calling for nominations for New Zealand's Future Energy Leaders to join the World Energy Council's FEL – 100 programme. The FEL – 100 is a network of exceptional individuals from across the globe who represent the different players the energy sectors is composed of, including government, energy industry, academia, civil society and social entrepreneurs. Read more...

Forbes 30 under 30

Every year, Forbes search for promising young people working on energy issues or in the energy industry. They seek them out from major oil companies, to university research labs, to Silicon Valley venture capitalist firms. The Council spoke to Richard Walsh and Samir Ibrahim, two World Energy Council FEL who secured places on the final list this year. Read more...

News from our Members

TPM second issues paper

The Electricity Authority (EA) has released a supplementary consultation paper setting out refinements to the proposal in the May 2016 Transmission Pricing Methodology (TPM) second issues paper. Among other matters the proposed refinements seek to reduce uncertainty about the impact of the TPM proposal on consumers and increase  flexibility for Transpower to design and implement the TPM. The EA welcomes your submission. Read more...

Service measures refresh

Transpower is in the initial stages of refreshing and evolving its current customer service performance measures and targets for the next regulatory control period RCP3 (2020-25). Transpower released its first Service Engagement Paper in November and thanks those who took the time to provide feedback. Tranpower looks forward to continued participation with the release of its second Service Engagement Paper due in March. Read more...

Solar power time-independently

Mercury recently introduced SolaX-Box into the market. The German designed battery supports residential solar systems and stores up to 15 kWh of surplus energy for later use. By storing unused capacity the battery makes it possible to use solar power time-independently. So far Mercury is the only major retailer promoting a specific make of battery. Read more...

1 step closer to 0-carbon economy

Mevo is NZ's first electric hybrid car share and the world's first climate positive car share. Powered by Meridian, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is expected to spend 90% of its trips utilising only the battery, but comes with the flexibility to drive over 900 km without stopping for fuel. By the end of 2017, there will be 50+ Mevo cars available in Wellington with 3 currently at Clyde Quay and 3 more due in the next couple of months outside Meridian's head office. Read more...

Promote low emission driving

Z Energy was recently award funding by EECA for its MEVO partnership. Two central WLG service stations will soon provide customers with an opportunity to experience driving an EV and the car's day to day usability. Details on locations and launch vouchers will announced due course. Applications for your chance to obtain funding focused on encouraging low emission vehicles open in late February/March 2017. Read more...

Andrew Caseley EECA’s new CEO

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) recently farewelled its Chief Executive, Mike Underhill, who retired in November 2016. The role of Chief Executive at EECA  will now be taken up by Andrew Caseley. Andrew was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council for 13 years. Read more...

Schlumberger to license data from multi-client 3D seismic survey

Chevron New Zealand Exploration (CNZEL), operator of three exploration permits in a 50/50 joint venture with Statoil New Zealand (SNZ), has secured a contract with Schlumberger New Zealand Ltd to license data from its multi-client 3D seismic survey. The survey commenced off the Southeast coast of the North Island in November 2016.
The multi-client survey encompasses a wider area than that covered by the CNZEL & SNZ permits and CNZEL & SNZ do not have operational control of the survey operations. Schlumberger New Zealand is responsible for granting permits and for meeting regulatory requirements and submitted comprehensive plans to the NZ Government for approval before activities commenced. These plans included environmental management assessments, marine mammal impact assessments and subsequent protection measures.

The World

Denmark sets ambitious goals

Lars Chr. Lilleholt, Danish minister for energy, utilities and climate, commented recently that “Denmark should have the most integrated, market-based and flexible energy system in Europe." The government has set ambitious goals for Denmark with the country aiming to have at least 50 per cent of its energy needs covered by renewable sources by 2030. Denmark also aims to be the first country in the world able to erect wind turbines at sea without financial support. Read more...

'Energiewende' is inspiration, but not a blueprint for the World

German energy policy is known widely abroad. However, a majority of energy professionals do not see German energy policy as a global blueprint according to a recently published survey by the German member committee of the World Energy Council. Instead, efficiency is seen as the best way to protect the climate globally, said Dr Carsten Rolle, Managing Director of Weltenergierat – Deutschland. Read more...

How energy investors in Africa try to overcome political obstacles

In the run up to the Africa Energy Indaba, Reuel Khoza, Chairman of independent power producer Globeleq, and former Eskom Chairman, sets out how energy investors in Africa try to overcome political obstacles and why more people may be without access to electricity on the continent in 2030. He calls for the demonstration of a clear political will, a conducive regulatory framework and the use of development or donor finance to leverage private investment. Read more...

Austria's rapidly changing infrastructure

Electrical mobility in Austria is now in a rapid state of development, the future of driving is electrifying. Charging infrastructures will be covering areas with a maximum distance of 60 km between charging points. Read more about how Austria's utilities will support this and more in the World Energy Inside.

Germany to get two eHighways

Germany is to test electric trucks on 12 km stretches of two motorways in northern and central Germany no later than the end of 2018. The trucks will be powered through an overhead wire. The Federal Ministry of the Environment is supporting the project with the objective of cleaner transport in Germany. The exact location of the test routes will be announced in February. Read more...


The Optimisation
of the Energy System

Come and hear Mark O’Malley, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University College Dublin

Greater integration of fluctuating renewables is causing technical and security challenges. As technology costs rapidly decline and the number of energy prosumers grows, policy makers and businesses are facing fundamental changes in energy systems.

In conjunction with the Energy Centre, the University of Auckland Business School, we are delighted to host Mark O’Malley, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University College Dublin, to speak about Energy Systems Integration (ESI). Mark O’Malley will explain how optimisation can help to increase grid reliability and performance as well as minimise costs and environmental impacts. He will also talk about the role of ESI and integrating variable renewable energy with a particular emphasis on integration into electricity grids.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Level 6, JacksonStone House, 3-11 Hunter Street, Wellington

Update from the International Energy Agency (IEA)
Come an hear Fatih Birol,
Director General IEA 

Fatih Birol will give us an update from the International Energy Agency on their World Energy Outlook and Energy Technology Perspectives.

Monday, 20 February 2016 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
TSB, Wellington

If you want to register for the event please subscribe to the SGF mailing list and you will be notified when we release the event registration.

EMANZ 2017
Conference & Exhibition

Disruptive Innovation

The EMANZ 2017 Conference & Exhibition will take place at Mac’s Function Centre on the Wellington Waterfront on 23 and 24 May. The conference theme this year is “Disruptive Innovation”. Speakers from Australia, Hong Kong and the US will be joining an array of New Zealand experts for this stimulating and enlightening conference that will inform delegates on the latest in energy management technologies and how they can save money and reduce carbon emissions.

The exhibition will be open and free to visitors and is a great value way of showcasing products and services to key buyers. Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are still available and registration is now open.

23 - 24 March 2017
Mac's Function Centre, Taranaki Street Wharf, Corner Cable & Taranaki Streets, Wellington

YEPN Events
Challenges & opportunities workshop

We will be meeting to come up with preliminary views on the biggest challenges and opportunities for the energy sector. This session should be considered the wide end of the funnel – we want to understand: the leading challenges, whether the industry is heading in the right direction and how we would refocus the industry to pave the way for a brighter future and consider opportunities and calls to action.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
EY offices, L9, 2 Takutai Sq, Auckland CBD

If you are interested in attending please register here. If you cannot attend, but would like your views heard, please also email these to


YEPN @ Downstream 2017 workshop

We will meet again the afternoon before the main Downstream conference to finesse the messages we want to convey to the sector, and determine how these will be presented at the Downstream main plenary.

Tuesday, 6 March 2017, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm 
SKYCITY, Corner Victoria Street & Federal Street, Auckland CBD

If you are interested in attending, register here.

Downstream Conference 2017

The organisers of Downstream have provided a discounted delegate pass rate to all members of the YEPN for them to attend Downstream 2017. During a session in the main plenary at the conference YEPN representatives will give a short 5-10 minute presentation of their collective views. 

7 – 8 March 2017
SKYCITY, Corner Victoria Street & Federal Street, Auckland CBD

If you are interested in attending, register

Electricity Authority invites to a stakeholder lecture
Come and hear Prof. Justus Haucap, Director Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)

Please join The Electricity Authority (EA)  for a lecture by Professor Justus Haucap, director of the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) at Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf.

Professor Haucap chairs the working group on competition policy of the German Economic Association, he is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Federal Network Agency. His main research areas are competition economics and regulation of infrastructure-based markets. Between 2006 and 2014 he served as a member of the German Monopolies Commission, which he also chaired for four years (2008-2012).

Professor Haucap is a member of both the German Academy of Technical Sciences (acatech) and the Northrhine-Westfalian Academy of Sciences and Arts. 

Wednesday, 22 March from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm
TBC, Wellington

No registration required!
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