Updates from the BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC)


BEC’s Breakfast with the Minister of Energy and Resources

We were delighted to host the Minister of Energy and Resources, Hon Dr Megan Woods at our annual 'state of the energy sector' briefing. The Minister discussed things like New Zealand's renewable energy strategy including its green hydrogen strategy, the electricity price review, general transition planning, Gas Act changes, process heat opportunities, resource strategy as well as the 2019 work programme. The transcripted speech, presentation and video can be find online at our webpage. Read more...

Electricity Price Review – options paper

The independent Electricity Price Review has developed some early options to improve New Zealand’s electricity sector. This second phase of work has focused on developing improvements to NZ's electricity sector. Many of the options contained in the options paper address the need for electricity prices to be fair and affordable, not just efficient or competitive. The panel welcomes your feedback. Submissions close at 12 pm on Friday, 22 March 2019. Read more...

BEC submissions

Recently the BEC has submitted on two energy sector relevant issue papers. These are the submission to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) on its targeted technical paper entitled ‘Process Heat in New Zealand: Opportunities and barriers to lowering emissions’, published on 22 January 2019 and the submission to the Commerce Commission on its preliminary issues paper entitled ‘Retail fuel market study – Preliminary issues, published on 31 January 2019. Read more...

How to scale up?

Building on previous studies around Europe's opportunities on its Energy Transition path the World Energy Council Netherlands has launched a report titled 'Hydrogen: the industry as a catalyst, accelerating the decarbonisation of our economy to and post 2030’. The decarbonisation of energy usage is one of the biggest challenges facing industries globally. The report looks at ways to make and use hydrogen in a much more cost-efficient way. What is needed to scale and scope up blue and green hydrogen applications? Read more...


Welcome to the BEC

This month, we are delighted to welcome three new BusinessNZ Energy Council members Graymont, Hale and Twomey Limited and Unison Networks. Graymont is an emerging global leader in the supply of lime and limestone products. Hale and Twomey provides strategic advice and consultancy services to the energy sector. Unison, owns and operates the electricity network that distributes electricity to Hawke’s Bay, Taupo and Rotorua. These organisations are playing an important role in the transition to a low carbon energy sector and we look forward to work with them.

Options Paper for Information Disclosure 

On 6 March 2019, the Gas Industry Company (GIC) released for consultation the document Options Paper for Information Disclosure. The Options Paper sets out a proposed problem statement and discusses the importance of information for the operation of a well-functioning market. The GIC invites submissions from all stakeholders including the wider energy sector. Submissions close at 5 pm on 17 April 2019. On 27 March 2019, GIC will be holding a workshop to discuss the paper at its offices in Wellington. Read more...

Meridian'scommitment to EVs has gone global

Meridian began its EV journey nearly a decade ago with a Mitsubishi MiEV. Since then, the company has been testing different charging installation methods and tracking fleet requirements. Meridian has already converted more than 50% of its passenger fleet to 100% electric and has made strong inroads in converting utility vehicles too. Now, Meridian Energy's commitment to EVs has gone global with the company joining the international EV100 initiative by pledging to operate a 100% electric fleet by 2030.  Read more...

Gas Transmission Access Code to go live on 1st Oct

First Gas is delighted with the Gas Industry Company’s (GIC’s) Final Assessment of the Gas Transmission Access Code (GTAC) as materially better than the existing transmission access codes. The implementation of the GTAC will be on 1 October 2019. The GTAC will provide  a more streamlined access to the transmission system, frictionless trading in the gas market and more transparency of gas transmission information. The code will help to set the gas industry up well for the opportunities and challenges ahead. Read more...

Genesis joins New Zealand Hydrogen Association

Genesis has joined the New Zealand Hydrogen Association as part of its focus on supporting New Zealand’s transition to a lower carbon future. New Zealand already has the third highest renewable electricity generation in the OECD and electricity generation makes up just 4% of New Zealand’s total carbon emissions. As well as being an emerging fuel for vehicles, if nascent hydrogen technology is proven, it could offer potential deep energy storage for the electricity sector. 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 Changing Face of Government Procurement
Don't miss out!

At this seminar, you will hear from the leading practitioners of strategic procurement in Government, how they operate and what they are seeking from the supplier community. You will also hear about a pivot in priorities from Government – to ensure procurement decisions take into account economic, innovative, social and environmental outcomes for New Zealand. Come along and hear about the opportunities and what it takes to be successful with the new breed of procurement manager.

8th April, Auckland, EY Building, 2 Takutai Square, Britomart

9th April, Wellington, Level 21, Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street

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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