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Updates from the BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC)




New modelling on New Zealand's energy system

New modelling on New Zealand’s energy system reveals the Government’s 2035 emissions target can be met but will require significant investment, changes to the current regulatory environment and behavioral changes. BEC Executive Director Tina Schirr says the new Energy Strategy Deep-Dive using the TIMES-NZ Model provides a glimpse into potential futures, each with their own benefits and trade-offs. The Government should develop policy that reduces barriers to entry on low-carbon energy solutions, while avoiding outright bans on others. Read more…

Production of sustainable aviation fuel at Marsden Point progresses to next phase

Great news! Channel Infrastructure (CHI) and Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) have today announced that they will progress further investigation into the development of a green hydrogen manufacturing facility at Marsden Point to produce synthetic Sustainable Aviation Fuel (eSAF) that could supply c.60 million litres of eSAF per year. Read more...


What will global energy transition mean to billions of women and vulnerable communities worldwide?

Involving women, workers, youth, indigenous and vulnerable communities and the new, emerging middle classes – as peers in the global energy transition process and a next electrification revolution is one of the most power levers we can pull as we redesign energy systems for billions of better lives on a healthy planet. Read more...

How much do we pay for infrastructure

It costs a lot to build, operate and maintain our infrastructure and someone needs to pay. How do we pay for infrastructure services?  This research looks at how much households spend on four types of infrastructure services – land transport (roading and public transport), energy (electricity, gas, and heating fuels), water (drinking, storm, and waste), and telecommunications (mobile and fixed-line).  Read more...


Call for evidence: emissions budgets and 2050 emissions reduction target of New Zealand

He Pou a Rangi | Climate Change Commission is calling for evidence to support three important upcoming pieces of advice on Aotearoa New Zealand’s emissions reduction target and emissions budgets.  The call closes on 31 July. Read more... 


BEC Submissions

The BusinessNZ Energy Council has recently submitted on the CCC advice on New Zealand’s second emission reduction plan and the ETS settings. BEC is currently drafting its submission on the ETS Review and the EA’s Consultation on an orderly thermal transition. Read more...




Energy to power crops and feed the world

Explaining energy doesn’t have to be complicated. Energy101 is a series from BEC designed to help everyone understand NZ’s energy system. In today’s lesson you’ll meet Sheena, who explains how energy is used to power our crops and feed the world. View here...


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Smarter EV charging helps New Zealand drive toward a renewable grid

New Zealand is seeing around 1,700 new electric vehicles hit the road every month and is likely to integrate ‘demand flexibility’ into our energy system which means that smart chargers and other tech like smart heat pumps will be able to receive signals from electricity suppliers to optimise their electricity supply. EECA is currently working with the Electricity Engineers’ Association on a pilot to demonstrate the potential of this two-way communication for EV charging at homes and businesses. Read more…


Ara Ake and solarZero collaboration

Ara Ake has announced a major, collaborative electricity pilot with solarZero in which Kiwis with solar and battery systems will contribute to the reliability of electricity supply for New Zealand, unlocking residential demand flexibility at an unprecedented scale. The world-leading pilot integrates ‘distributed energy resources’ of approximately 11,000* individual homes with state-of-the-art Virtual Power Plant (“VPP”) technology* to help manage winter peak demand. Read more...


Transpower - bringing the grid to the people

In the 'Humanising Energy' film featuring Transpower there are growing connections between the remote communities of New Zealand. Faced with a unique and challenging landscape, this dedicated team is making sure their people get the power they need while also looking after the land. Watch the film here.


From fossil fuels to local renewables

NERI have recently launched their report 'From Fossil Fuels to Local Renewables', a research framework to address Aotearoa New Zealand's energy GHGs. The NZ energy sector emits around two thirds of our non-biogenic GHG emissions, almost exclusively coming from fossil fuels. These supply nearly 70% of our energy. To reach Net-Zero we need to shift to local renewable fuels and otherwise cut the demand for fossil fuels. Read more... 


MBIE report on energy hardship measures

The Report on Energy Hardship Measures for year ended June 2022 is the first annual release that provides an indication of how many households and individuals across Aotearoa New Zealand may be experiencing energy hardship. This will help ensure policy interventions and programmes are targeting groups that are most in need. With these measures, it will also be possible to track levels of energy hardship over time to monitor the effectiveness of such policies and programmes.  Read more...




Powerco - Senior Protection Engineer - Wellington Central

Powerco - Senior Protection Engineer - Taranaki

Genesis - Energy Analyst Junior - Auckland CBD

Meridian - Procurement Engineer - Wellington Central

Infratec - Energy Innovation Engineer - Wellington Central

EECA - Portfolio Analyst, Public Sector - Wellington Central

The University of Auckland - Energy Manager - Auckland

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Energy Excellence Awards

30 August, Te Pae, Christchurch

The annual New Zealand Energy Excellence Awards provide an opportunity to recognise excellence and achievement across the energy sector. This is the industry's premier black-tie gala event of the year.

WHEN  30 August

WHERE Te Pae, Christchurch


Climate Change & Business Conference

19-20 September, Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland

This conference will provide a timely opportunity for business, government and civil society to tackle the tough questions the country is facing, and to share innovative thinking and new ideas about how we can collectively accelerate emissions reductions while building our resilience to the impacts of a warming world.

WHEN 19-20 September

WHERE Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland


26th World Energy Congress

22-25 April 2024, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The World Energy Council are thrilled to announce that early bird registration for the 26th World Energy Congress is now open! Don’t miss out on the chance to attend this impactful event where we’ll address the pressing challenge of energy. Save your spot at a early bird rate until 11 December 2023. 

Did you know members get a discounted rate for the Congress? You can become part of the World Energy Council – as a member, by hosting a national Member Committee, or by becoming a partner. Get involved!

The theme, Redesigning Energy for People and Planet, emphasises that there has never been a more important time for leadership in energy, for climate and human security, for promoting new energy actions in all regions which generate positive harmonies between people and planet, and for peace.

WHEN 22-25 April 2024

WHERE Rotterdam, The Netherlands



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