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Final Call!

We've recently released our latest energy issue maps which contain a range of insights about what NZ energy sector leaders are thinking. The energy issue maps are a great tool not just to analyse the NZ energy system but also its international position and we call on you to participate in the survey

First autonomous vehicle trial for NZ

Volvo and Trafinz will demonstrate autonomous vehicle technology in Tauranga in November as part of the national Trafinz transport conference.Transport Minister Simon Bridges says it will be the first trial of its kind in NZ and reflects our world-leading regulation around autonomous vehicles, which encourages new technology while protecting public safety.  Read more...

The 'TransActive' Grid

Is blockchain the future of our electricity system? 
Using technology such as blockchain enables a safe, sustainable and sensible trading of energy between producers and consumers, so says Vector in a recent press release. In December Vector will allow its Auckland customers to buy and sell power without using an electricity retailer. In fact, these development aren't just happening in NZ, but New York. Read more...

News from our Members

Electric Vehicles: Drive the Future

Tomorrow, Saturday September 10, represents a significant milestone in the government’s EV programme with the launch of EECA’s electric vehicle (EV) public information campaign, but also marking the beginning of International Drive Electric Week (10-18 September). For more information on EVs or on the contestable fund, go to

Smart grid development in NZ:
new Smart Grid Forum report

The NZ Smart Grid Forum's latest report argues that progress in the smart grid means choice and new options – particularly for distributed solutions like solar panels, battery storage, control systems and electric vehicles. Read more...

Today’s biggest energy issues?

A Young Energy Professionals Network (YEPN) social event was held at D4 in Wellingto on August 24 as a chance to catch up in a more informal setting and talk about the issues faced in the energy industry. Special thanks to Emily Calvert for organising and everyone who could make it along. Go to to find out more about the YEPN.

Reorienting the Electricity Authority's advisory group structure

The EA has recently published a consultation paper about reorienting their advisory group structures, following the decision to disestablish the Wholesale Advisory Group and Retail Advisory Group. Therefore, the EA is now seeking submissions. If you are interested in shaping how the EA organises input into its work please find more details here

The World

Non-tariff measures: next steps for catalysing the low-carbon economy

As countries struggle to deliver energy systems that are secure, affordable and environmentally sensitive, eliminating tariff barriers to environmental goods is an essential tool to achieving all three goals. Read more in the new WEC Report on rules of trade and investment 2016 

Financing resilient
energy infrastructure

Discussed at the BEC Asia-Pacific Energy Summit, the integrated report on financing resilient energy infrastructure which brings together findings on managing risks related to extreme weather events, cyber and the energy water food nexus, will be launched on September 13 at the International Forum of the Americas in Toronto, Canada.

New cyber risks resilience report

The World Energy Council is also going to launch its new resilience report on cyber risks on September 29 at the Energy Day in Berlin, Germany. The report will help energy companies to improve their risk assessment, risk mitigation and system security. Read more in the new World Energy Inside

Netherlands, Norway, India looking to ban combustion-engine cars

The Netherlands‘ lower parliamentary house recently called for the country to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars from 2025 this week, while governments in Norway and India are also looking to implement similar legislation. Is this a realistic goal? Read more...

China’s coal production declined already 10.1 % in 2016

The new World Energy Focus highlights the decline of China’s coal production by 10.1 % in the first half of 2016.The rate of transformation in China’s electricity sector continues to accelerate. Electricity demand has largely decoupled from economic activity, and China continues to diversity away from coal faster than anyone expected. More news in World Energy Focus


Transmission needs of tomorrow

28 September, 4.30 pm, Wellington
Come and hear the Chief Executive of Transpower, Alison Andrew!

New Zealand’s power system is on the cusp of significant change — a change that over the next ten to forty years will affect all of us as business owners, consumers, or infrastructure providers. So what will that look like? What does it mean for us?

Transmission Tomorrow looks at the challenges that the electricity industry need to prepare for to enable New Zealand’s changing electricity needs.

This event will be followed by an opportunity to interact with Alison and other participants while enjoing drinks and nibbles until 6 pm

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 from 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm
BusinessNZ, Level 6, Lumley House, 3-11 Hunter Street, Wellington

BusinessNZ Wellington Seminar

14 - 15 November 2016, Wellington
Influencing policy in Wellington

BusinessNZ's next Wellington Seminar will take place on 14 and 15 November 2016. The Wellington Seminar helps executives make connections and gain influencing skills in the place where laws, regulations and policies are made.

This is open to all interested persons, including:

- Senior executives
- Emerging talent/future leaders
- Local government representatives
- Business association representative
- Overseas business leaders with an interest in New Zealand operations

The Wellington Seminar is a one and a half day course led by BusinessNZ experts, business leaders, relevant politicians and top government officials with real experience in creating the policy environment.

The Seminar is designed to raise awareness of and create an understanding of the political environment, and how it can be engaged with to help achieve an organisation's mission.

We focus on developing executives' external influencing skills, providing participants with the ability to deepen their networks with other participants and with key people in Wellington.

For further information please contact Stephen Summers or Katharine McGhie at any time.

14 November - 15 November 2016
BusinessNZ, Level 6, Lumley House, 3-11 Hunter Street, Wellington

World Energy Congress

9 - 13 October 2016, Istanbul
Embracing New Frontiers

The 23rd World Energy Congress will be held in October 09 -13, 2016 at the Congress Valley – Istanbul, Turkey.The World Energy Congress, being World Energy Council’s global flagship event is the premier international, multi-energy forum for participants to better understand energy issues and solutions from a global perspective. 

9 October - 13 October 2016
Istanbul Congress Center, B3-01 Taşkışla Caddesi Harbiye 34367 Istanbul, Turkey 
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