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Energy Trilemma - The Minister's Address at Downstream

The Hon Judith Collins, in her address at Downstream, draws on the World Energy Council's Energy Trilemma to frame her approach to the sector. She also refers to the Energy Trilemma Index in which NZ proudly ranks 9th out of 125 Countries. The BEC is highly involved in the work on the index. Read more...

Shaping the debate

By generating two scenarios for possible energy outcomes under different economic and regulatory conditions, the BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) is helping create and prepare for a better energy future. The launch in October 2015 of BEC2050 was only the beginning of the conversation. Since then, the scenarios have been used by business and government and recently the BEC work was quoted in the IEA NZ 2017 review, autofile and government's draft replacement NZEEC strategy. Read more...

Congratulations to all FEL nominees

The BEC is pleased to announce its recommended five New Zealand candidates for the World Energy Council Future Energy Leaders programme (FEL-100).This year’s applicants were of exceptional quality, representing a range of sector and academic backgrounds, years of experience and visions of the future of the global energy system. We wish all  five nominees good luck. 

Ban on work on live equipment?

Since the passing of the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2016 media has commented several times on issues such as banning lolly scrambles at public parades and letting school children climb trees. In most cases common sense has prevailed. On a more serious level are reports that lines companies might ban work on live equipment, such as substations, because of the Act. More and bigger outages would seem inevitable. We hope common sense will prevail here too.The BEC is following this issue with interest.

Solar cannibalises its own competitiveness

In Australia about 1.5 million households have photo voltaic (PV) installed and according to the IEA these installations are expected to triple over the next decade despite cuts to subsidies. As a result, fewer people rely on the the grid with fewer people left to share the costs. Since 2008 grid upgrades have already increased network costs in parts of South Australia. Read more...

News from our Members

Z Energy engages Kiwis on carbon and climate change

Z Energy has just launched  a conversation with Kiwis around how Z Energy, New Zealand and every Kiwi can make a contribution to addressing climate change and improving environmental sustainability. From Monday 6 March for about six weeks people can have their say here on what the country’s largest provider of transport energy could do to make a difference to the local environment, the planet and combatting climate change. Read more...

Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards 

On 16 March 2017, Deloitte will host the Energy Excellence Awards launch in Auckland, marking the lead into the premier black-tie event for the New Zealand energy sector. The awards, now in their eighth year, recognise excellence and achievement across the electricity, gas, petroleum and transport energy industries. The award ceremony will be held in Auckland on 9 August. Nominations are open now. Read more...

Powershop Australia to support 10 community-owned energy projects 

Powershop, energy retailer and subsidiary company of Meridian, has raised $100,000 from customers, which will be given out as grants to 10 community-owned projects around Australia.One project in Melbourne has already received $10,000. The 15 KW rooftop solar panel on the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies will save the community group $2,000 each year and reduce their yearly emissions by almost 16 tonnes of CO2. Read more...

Smart Grid Godfather to visit NZ

Andres Carvallo, often referred to as the Godfather of the smart grid, will be visiting New Zealand in
May. Andres is author of “The Advanced Smart Grid”, founder & CEO of CMG and founder & CEO of Westlake Energy. He will deliver the keynote address at the Energy Management Association (EMANZ) conference in Wellington. Read more...

Callaghan announced new CEO

Callaghan Innovation has announced the appointment of Vic Crone as its Chief Executive. Vic brings a track record of leading and implementing organisational strategy to achieve challenging outcomes, through a customer-driven approach and building the strong organisational culture necessary to deliver results. Read more...

EECA supports reduced energy use

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) supports businesses applying innovative technology that cuts energy use. It has opened a new funding round for its technology demonstration programme that covers up to 40% of costs to a maximum of $100,000 for commercial projects that can be demonstrated and are replicable. Last round, EECA supported Ports of Auckland Ltd (POAL) in a plan to install LED light technology that hadn’t been previously used in local ports. POAL expects to cut its energy bill by 7%. Read more...

The World

Invitation to the WEC Solar Webinar

The World Energy Resources is inviting all BEC Council members to join the WEC's first webinar on solar applications and technologies. The event aims to bring together experts to discuss the latest developments in the solar industry and learn about best practices. The webinar will address a range of solar applications, PV technologies and their cost implications for projects.The participation of an expert speaker will bring additional insight. This event is for BEC members only. Please let Tina Schirr (Policy Advisor, BEC) know if you are interested to attend.

EV prices fall faster than expected

What needs to change before EVs go mainstream? One obvious answer is the price of the vehicle. EVs have to be affordable  without incentives. Batteries are the biggest chunk of EV prices and decreasing battery costs would lead to a reduction of the EV sales price. Ward’s Auto says EV battery prices are falling faster than expected and could be lower than the first-assumed $100 per kilowatt-hour mark by 2020.  Read more...

Unlock Africa’s untapped potential 

By combining state of the art renewable technology with high-efficiency appliances, latest battery technology, and innovative mobile payment systems that have emerged from the mobile phone revolution, entrepreneurs are delivering household solutions that increase rural electrification rates and scale up renewables in Africa. At the 9th Annual Africa Energy Indaba the World Energy Council discusses how best to unlock investment to develop an energy infrastructure road map for Africa. Read more...

California solar sculpture generates 4.5 billion liters of drinkable water

The solar powered pipe sculpture - floating off the Santa Monica coast in California - desalinates seawater into drinkable water. The pipe is not only an architectural and technological system to generate drinkable water, but also  provides a place  for visitors to enjoy the panoramic ocean view. Combining technological and architectural properties is a great idea for delivering more resilience. Read more...

France opens the
world’s first ‘solar panel road’

France recently opened the world’s first solar panel road.1 KM of solar panel will generate electricity to power street lights for 3,400 villagers. Covered in a silicon-based resin, the panels will withstand the weight of passing big rigs. The highway will cost €5 million and will be used by about 2,000 motorists a day during a two-year test period. France aims to cover 1000 km of roadways with solar panels. 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

Transformational Low-Emission Pathways for New Zealand

The Paris Agreement has given all countries a common destination: domestic decarbonisation. GLOBE-NZ, a cross-party group of New Zealand Members of Parliament (MPs), commissioned London-based Vivid Economics to prepare an independent report on alternative transformational pathways for domestic mitigation in New Zealand. The report was developed with input from New Zealand experts and funding support from New Zealand-based foundations, companies and individuals, and also by Wellington-based embassies.

Thursday, 23 March 2017, from 12:30 pm to 2.00 pm

Auckland venue to be advised by Frank Helden (see RSVP details)

RSVP for Businesses only
Please RSVP to Frank Helden
by 5.00 pm, Thursday 16 March

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 due 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


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 of 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
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