Updates from the BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC)


ARUP to join BEC

We begin the new year with a warm welcome to our new BEC member ARUP. ARUP is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today’s built environment. ARUP is working with clients across the world to become more sustainable, while investing in research that can improve industry’s environmental impact. ARUP recently spoke at the Asia-Pacific Energy Leaders Summit and has just won the tender to develop New Zealand’s hydrogen strategy. We are looking forward to working with ARUP. Read more...

Process Heat in NZ: Opportunities and barriers to lowering emissions

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) seek submissions on a technical paper Process Heat in New Zealand: Opportunities and barriers to lowering emissions. This sets out how and where process heat is used, and what the opportunities and barriers are to lowering emissions from process heat use. Please send your submission before 5 pm on Friday, 22 February 2019. Read more...

Insulation boost

Community groups have contributed $4.7 million to the New Zealand Government’s new insulation programme Warmer Kiwi Homes, meaning in some parts of the country low income homeowners will be able to insulate their homes for free, Minister Megan Woods has announced. The programme is set to make homes healthier and cheaper to heat whilst also reducing energy demand to tackle climate change. So far, over 3200 homes have been insulated under this programme. Read more...

Only a couple of weeks before the 2019 World Energy Issue Maps are launched 

Less than a month to go before the 11th annual Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa and with it the launch of the 2019 World Energy Issue Maps. Watch out for a special update including New Zealand and other Energy Issue Maps. Read more...


Big-picture thinking on disruptive innovation in the retail power sector

Utilities face constant disruption – changing customer habits and expectations and emerging technologies are transforming markets at dizzying speeds. As barriers-to-entry plummet and new business models emerge, retail power providers face an existential threat. A new report from Deloitte, Widening the aperture: big-picture thinking on disruptive innovation in the retail power sector, is looking at approaches to innovation in the sector. It canvasses five blind spots that can result if providers do not take a broad enough approach to innovation. Read more...

31 more EV projects announced

Projects approved for the latest round of the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund include smart vehicle-to-home chargers, a long-haul heavy electric truck and a hydrogen fuel cell bus. Successful applicants will share $4.3 million of co-funding and contribute more than $7 million of their own money. The fund is administered by EECA. Applications for the next round will open soon. Read more...

Mercury’s Karapiro power station modernisation 

The Karapiro power station modernisation project represents a significant but necessary lifecycle and maintenance spend on one of Mercury’s important hydro assets which collectively make up more than 60% of Mercury’s annual electricity generation and contribute 10% of New Zealand’s generation capacity. This is part of an extensive programme across nine hydro stations, contributing to the long-term performance and security of key renewable generation assets in New Zealand and ultimately our country’s energy freedom. Read more...

Infratec wins contract for a multi-million dollar solar energy project in Auckland

Solar infrastructure firm Infratec has won the contract for an Auckland project involving the installation of 400 solar panels - a job being touted as a major tipping point for solar energy in New Zealand. Chief Executive Greg Visser said the system would help Watercare reduce operating costs, improve reliability and ensure business continuity during grid outages."The solar and battery system means Watercare can generate, store and share its own energy, demonstrating new ways of upgrading traditional assets and infrastructure," Visser said. Read more...

Benefits of vehicle-to-home technology

Vector’s Chief Networks Officer Andre Botha says "It is important to understand the impact larger numbers of EVs have on electricity networks. As more people make the switch to EVs, demand for electricity is likely to increase substantially, especially during peak times. While we can always build more network infrastructure to meet the demand peaks, this comes at a high cost to consumers – so increasingly lines companies are turning to new technology to more efficiently prepare the network for the future as well as provide consumers with more choice." Read more...


24th World Energy Congress
Abu Dhabi, 9-12 September 2019

It is with the greatest pleasure that Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Chairman, 24th World Energy Congress Organising Committee & Vice Chairman, UAE National Committee, World Energy Council officially invites you to the 24th World Energy Congress, which will be held in Abu Dhabi from 9-12 September 2019. The Congress is taking place for the first time in the Middle East and will provide a four-day energy-packed agenda and we are confident that you will benefit from the congress as well as the cultural experience of the UAE.

Over 10,000 international energy stakeholders are expected to come together in Abu Dhabi for the 24th World Energy Congress, which will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.

Under the theme ‘Energy for Prosperity’, the Congress will be a global leadership forum that defines the strategy for a collaborative, sustainable and innovative energy future that enables societal, commercial and community prosperity. 

9-12 September 2019
Abu Dhabi

The leading strategic event for the New Zealand energy sector

The event brings together the entire industry to discuss emerging customer trends, future energy options, commercial opportunities and the latest regulatory and technology developments affecting the future of the New Zealand energy sector.

Early bird price $2090 + GST
Early bird ends on 14 Dec

5&6 March 2019
SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland

EMANZ Conference 2019
Wellington, 29-30 May 2019

For 2019, we head back to Wellington and will be building on 2018's success.  In 2018, New Zealand needed to start taking emissions seriously and we did that with a Productivity Commission Inquiry, the announcement of a Carbon Zero Act and a review of the ETS. 2019 will be about starting to make things happen.

This conference will not be a talking shop about whether we need to adapt to address climate change but will be setting the agenda for that adaptation. In short, how we go about shaping our low emissions future. 

29&30 May 2019
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