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Storage of carbon dioxide emissions

Dunedin-based company Weora is behind a project to drill holes on land near Bluff with the view to storing carbon dioxide emissions in underground rock formation, in a manner never before done in New Zealand. If the project proceeds, atmospheric carbon dioxide wiould initially be captured from large-emitting companies and either trucked or piped to the underground rocks in Southland for permanent storage, known as sequestration. Read more...


Drive Electric's first State of the Nation report

Drive Electric's first State of the Nation report lays out progress towards zero emissions transportation and energy independence for Aotearoa New Zealand. The report explores all aspects of the electric transport ecosystem in New Zealand up to 30 June 2023. The report covers global trends, energy and charging infrastructure, light vehicles, heavy transport, commercial vehicles, buses, marine, aviation, bikes, batteries, consumer and fleet trends, policy and more. Read more...


Methane Tamer product to South Korea

CH4 Global has partnered with Lotte International to take its Methane Tamer product to South Korea by 2025. The company says that its trademarked Methane Tamer product, when added to cattle feed, reduces the animals' methane emissions by up to 90% while reducing the feed energy lost to methane emissions. Read more...


Update of IEA's Net Zero Roadmap

The new Roadmap sets out a global pathway to keep the 1.5 °C goal in reach, providing a comprehensive update to the groundbreaking original report that was published in 2021 and has served as an essential benchmark for policy makers, industry, the financial sector and civil society. Read more...


BEC Submissions

The BusinessNZ Energy Council is currently working on the following submission responses: 1. Interim Hydrogen Roadmap 2. Gas Transition Plan issues paper 3. Electricity Market Measures 4. Developing a regulatory framework for offshore renewable energy 5. Implementing a ban on new fossil-fuel baseload electricity generationRead more... 




The big switch

In this Series 2 episode of "Humanising Energy", presented by Ohmium International, this technology company is encouraging some of the biggest consumers of fossil fuels to swap to 'green hydrogen units'. View the video here...


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Commerce Commission Electricity Authority combined work programme 2023/24

The Commerce Commission and the Electricity Authority (EA are the primary economic regulators of the electricity system in New Zealand) have released their combined work programme for 2023/2024 and this can be found online. Read more...


Projects | Lodestone Energy Solar Farms

Lodestone is developing a portfolio of 198MW across five solar PV projects and have now started construction on two of its five solar farms located in the North Island. When completed, the five solar farms will produce more than 365GWh of renewable energy to homes and businesses, enough to power 50,000 homes, or a population equivalent to the size of Hamilton. Read more...


Harapaki wind farm update

Construction of Meridian Energy’s Harapaki wind farm in Hawke’s Bay is now well underway. Completion of repairs to SH5 by Waka Kotahi enabled turbine parts to begin transportation to site in late July and this will continue until the end of January. The project is expected to produce first power in October 2023 and achieve full power in September 2024. To watch the video of the 60m blades being transported to the site - click here...


Z Energy and Red Phase set up ultra-fast EV charging

The country’s largest fuel retailer – Z Energy (Z) – has partnered with the rapidly growing Kiwi company Red Phase Technologies (Red Phase) to bring new ultra-fast EV chargers to the forecourt. With the support of EECA and Powerco, two ultra-fast Red Phase EV chargers are being piloted at Z Waiouru. The innovative technology allows the chargers to manage their power output efficiently and reduce grid load. Read more...


GNS Science and MB Century forging a partnership

MB Century (MBC) and GNS Science (GNS) are proud to announce an official Relationship Agreement in Malina, Philippines. The partnership is committed to supporting the international geothermal industry in the Philippines and beyond. Both organisations will support international partners to pursue efficient and sustainable solutions in geothermal energy development. Read more...


Elemental Group report

A research paper “The Ability of Offshore Wind to Improve New Zealand’s Electricity Security of Supply”, a report by Elemental Group summer intern, Hannah Konings, a University of Otago Honours student in Energy Science and Technology, concluded that offshore wind can diversify and support electrical generation in New Zealand. It also looked at how three 1 GW offshore wind developments in Southland, Taranaki and Waikato could be incorporated into the grid creating greater renewable energy diversity and decreasing our reliance on non-renewable energies.  Read more...




EECA - Lead Advisor Regulatory Development - Wellington Central

Transpower - Commodity Markets Analyst | 12 mth fixed term - Wellington Central

Genesis - Business Development Manager, Large Business Energy Services - Auckland CBD

Helios Energy Limited - Electrical Engineer | Commercial - Auckland CBD

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Celebrating 100 years of energy in New Zealand

11 October, Chapman Tripp, Auckland

The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC), representing the World Energy Council (WEC) here in New Zealand, are marking the centenary of the world energy community that was formed in 1923 ahead of the First World Power Conference which took place in London the following year. 

Visionaries like Einstein and Planck have exemplified the spirit of the World Energy Council, where together, we address the most pressing energy challenges. Since its first days, we have built a deeply local and globally networked community that today works collaboratively in nearly 100 countries, progressing solutions, inspiring leadership action and promoting the sustainable supply and use of energy across the world. 

Now it is time to celebrate impact in energy and shaping the next 100 years of progress! This celebration seeks to galvanise the world energy community around transforming energy systems at speed and at scale, activating for a cleaner, better future for billions of better lives and one healthy planet. 

In Auckland, we will celebrate the achievements and challenges of the past, present, and future of energy in New Zealand. You will be joining speakers who have made significant contributions to the development and innovation of energy in our country. The event will be broken down into five speakers discussing four separate periods: the 1920s-1950s, 1960s to 1984, 1984 to 2000s, and 2000s onwards. 

Speakers include: 

  • Tina Schirr - Executive Director BusinessNZ Energy Council - Energy overview
  • Rebecca Turner - Family Director, Board of Directors - Todd Corporation
  • David Reeve - Director Whiteboard Energy
  • John Boshier - Company Director and author of Power Surge: how Think Big and Rogernomics transformed New Zealand 
  • Dr Graham Scott - Former Secretary to the Treasury, former chair of the wholesale electricity market and Director at Sapere 
  • Dr Isabelle Chambefort, Energy Future Theme Leader | Programme Leader Geothermal: the Next Generation at GNS Science | Te Pū Ao
  • Facilitator - David Caygill, Chair BusinessNZ Energy Council

WHEN  11 September, 3pm-6pm

WHERE Chapman Tripp, Level 34/15 Customs Street West, Auckland


Electricity Network's Review of Cyclone Gabrielle - webinar

9 October - online webinar

Electricity Networks Aotearoa (ENA) invites you to a webinar to hear insights and learnings from the electricity distribution sector’s response to Cyclone Gabrielle.

The webinar will take place from 9am-10am on Monday 9 October and feature: 

⦁ Richard Krogh, Managing Director of Energia, discussing the report on the ‘Electricity Distribution Sector Cyclone Gabrielle Review’.

⦁ Jason Larkin, Commercial & Centralines, Unison, talking about their experience on the ground.  

To register, please email Lisa Coles, Event and Office Manager at ENA via the link below  

WHEN 9 October, 9am-10am

WHERE Online webinar


Geothermal Energy | Digital Workshop

12 October - online via Zoom

The German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce would like to warmly invite you to a webinar on Geothermal Energy on Thursday, 12th of October, within the New Zealand-Germany Energy Dialogue co-hosted with both the New Zealand and German Geothermal Associations. Geothermal energy is a topic of mutual interest in Germany and New Zealand and offers opportunities for learning from each other. New Zealand is known for its large geothermal resources and has been utilizing it for power production and direct-use applications for the past several decades. Germany, on the other hand, has been employing it primarily for heating purposes and is planning to expand its use. So far, the Energy Dialogue between Germany and New Zealand has been focusing on hydrogen and offshore wind and we are looking forward to expanding the scope with this session.

The event will feature speakers from: 

  • the New Zealand Geothermal Association (NZGA) 
  • the German Geothermal Association (BVG) 
  • DMT Petrologic 
  • Herrenknecht Vertical 
  • GNS Science 
  • Seequent Limited 
  • GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

WHEN 12 October, 6.30pm-8pm

WHERE Online


What to expect from Congress

A community strengthening workshop

17 October - online

Please join the World Energy Council for the upcoming Community Strengthening Workshop: What to expect from the 26th World Energy Congress. This session, open to the entire Council community, will focus on enhancing the Congress experience and equipping the community with the information needed to fully engage stakeholders in this important event.

With four years having passed since our last Congress in 2019, and an increasing number of members who have never attended before, this workshop will help you understand what the Congress is like and raise your expectations for this exceptional event.     

We will delve into what you can expect at the Congress and how it adds value to your organisation and your members. We will hear from past Congress participants who will share their experiences and valuable insights for first-time attendees. Furthermore, we will clarify the role and expectations of all Member Committees in activating ministerial support, mobilising strong Congress delegations from your national networks, and engaging your commercial and other stakeholder networks in support of Congress commercial objectives.  

For over a century, the World Energy Congress has been our flagship event, and it's imperative that the entire World Energy Community plays its part in the next six months to contribute to preparations and ensure the best Congress ever. 

WHEN 17 October, 9.00 to 10.30am (UK) or 3.00 to 4.30pm (UK)

WHERE Online


17th OERC Symposium 2023 - An energy research agenda for 2050

23-24 November 2024, University of Otago, Dunedin

We are delighted to invite abstracts for the 17th Annual OERC Symposium 2023. The main focus of this year's symposium is to be a forum of discussion for all voices' energy research agendas. The symposium brings together diverse perspectives and strategies towards meeting the 2050 energy transition goals. We are welcoming contributions from across the energy research community. However, any research associated with the energy transition is welcome. 

Abstracts should be emailed to including:  

⦁ title 

⦁ author name(s) 

⦁ affiliation 

⦁ abstract (250 words max) 

⦁ Indicating if you will give an oral or poster presentation.  

Once a decision has been made, You will be invited to give either a presentation or a poster. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 20th October 2023.  Opportunities for virtual attendance will be available.  Registration is to be announced. If your business is interested in additional sponsorship of this event, or you have any queries please contact us at Please check emails from OERC for further updates, feel free to contact us if you know people who would like to be added to our mailing list. 

WHEN 23-24 November 2024

WHERE University of Otago, Dunedin


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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