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World Energy Pulse - November 2023

The World Energy Council has been tracking world energy leadership perspectives through their annual World Energy Issue Monitor survey for 15 years, and using more frequent deep-dive Pulses to make sense of the faster and more fundamentally shifting context of global energy transitions.   Following their second 2023 Pulse survey with over 800 leaders across six world regions and engaging in discussions with experts from their global community, they are excited to share the findings of the World Energy Pulse November 2023. Read more...


EVA Marketplace - renewables market report

EVA Marketplace has released its latest market report (Q3 2023). In Q3, EVA’s renewables tracker (ERT), an indicator of whether renewables will hit net zero targets, decreased slightly from 95% to 92%. New Zealand has elected a National-led government so in this report they spotlight their Electrify NZ policy, which aims to “turbo-charge” renewables to help deliver climate targets. Read more...


Windpower in the United Kingdom

This MFAT Market Intelligence Report focuses on the UK, a world leader in wind power, particularly offshore generation where it is second only to China in total installed capacity. It looks at the role of wind power in the UK's energy transition to a net zero economy and the challenges it is facing to get there. Read more...


BEC Submissions

The BusinessNZ Energy Council has recently completed work on several submissions, including papers on the Interim Hydrogen Roadmap, the Gas Transition Plan, Electricity Market Measures, developing a regulatory framework for offshore renewables and implementing a ban on new fossil-fuel baseload generation. Read more...




Charting a quieter course

In this Series 2 episode of "Humanising Energy", paid and presented by CLP Holdings Ltd - In Hong Kong, the second highest contributor to carbon emissions comes from transport. From electric boats to buses, citizens are getting on board with less emission-intensive travel. View the video here...


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Firstgas Group changes its name to Clarus

Recently, Firstgas Group changed its name to Clarus, meaning clear and bright. The change to Clarus marks a new and exciting phase for their group of companies, as they look to the future of energy. While they will no longer use the name Firstgas Group, their companies Firstgas, Rockgas, Firstlight Network, First Renewables and Flexgas are still very much here for the long-term. Clarus ties these brands together and represents the direction they're heading in. Read more...


Overhead vs Underground

As Australia rapidly transitions towards its net zero targets, a number of new significant transmission infrastructure projects are needed to support the increased demands on the electricity grid. The question to place new infrastructure overhead or underground is considered early in the design process, and the outcome is based on a range of technical, financial and other factors. Read more...


Supercritical geothermal in New Zealand

GNS Science-Te Pū Ao is leading the ‘Geothermal: The Next Generation‘ project. This project will address the geological, geochemical and technological challenges of super-hot geothermal use. In this report Castalia evaluate the economic opportunity for supercritical geothermal (SCGT) in New Zealand. SCGT represents an exciting new frontier for renewable energy generation and utilisation. Read more...


Vector and AWS extend renewable energy data platform partnership

Vector Technology Solutions (VTS) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have extended their strategic alliance focusing on developing deeper renewable energy insights until 2025. More than a million smart energy meters in Australia and New Zealand are already running on Vector's AWS-based Diverge data and analytics platform. Read more...


Change is blowing in the wind

Earlier this month Justine Gilliland and Bianca Ruakere from BlueFloat Energy and Elemental Group returned to their old high school in New Plymouth to teach a new generation of wahine toa about the possibility of working in offshore wind. Read more...


2025 reset of the electricity default price-quality path

The Commerce Commission is currently consulting on an Issues paper for the upcoming reset of the default price-quality path for non-exempt electricity distribution businesses in New Zealand – known as DPP4.  This was published on 2 November 2023 and is seeking stakeholders’ views on the key issues they have identified. Submissions close on 15 December 2023. More information, including a link to the Issues paper found here - Read more...




RBP Consulting - Senior Analyst - Wellington Central

RBP Consulting - Analyst - Wellington Central

Ara Ake - Contract Manager - New Plymouth Central

Commerce Commission - Senior Adviser-Engagement and Operations - Wellington or Auckland

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Downstream 24

5-6 March 2024 in Lower Hutt, Wellington

Downstream is New Zealand's leading event for the energy industry. Keeping you informed and engaged, the 2024 Forum will bring together international influencers and local leaders, sharing strategic insights into our current challenges and opportunities. 

Find out more via the link below. 

WHEN  5-6 March 2024

WHERE Lower Hutt Events Centre, 30c Laings Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington


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. Last chance to 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


CEP Conference 2024

28 & 29 May - Christchurch

The window is narrowing and the need to step up in reducing climate change has never been more severe or urgent. Whether referencing staying calm or holding on to the 1.5oC, we’ll be keeping cool. 

Of course, the coolest place to be at the end of May 2024 will be the Christchurch Town Hall. That’s when the experts, influencers and decision makers that will commission, design and deliver the projects that will take us to our 2030 and 2050 targets will be gathering in one place at the same time. It’s the best opportunity of the year to come together, exchange ideas and learn from each other, all in a relaxed and cool environment. 

Again for 2024, CEP are partnering with the Bioenergy Association so alternative, clean fuels are very firmly on the agenda again in 2024. 

Details on the call for papers and proposals for the CEP Conference can be found here.

WHEN 28 and 29 May 2024

WHERE Christchurch Town Hall



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