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IEA renewables market report

The IEA has recently released its Renewables Market Report. The report shows the amount of renewable energy capacity added to the energy system has grown by 50% globally in 2023, reaching 510GW - with 3/4 of this addition driven by new solar PV. The increases in renewable energy capacity in Europe, the United States and Brazil also hit all-time highs. Read more...


Saudi Arabia's mining push

Saudi Arabia's plunge into the world of mining has caught the industry's attention as the nation prepares to deploy vast amounts of capital to diversify away from oil and gas. The kingdom's emergence will make it harder for the US and Europe to secure access to commodities. Read more...


China's clean energy sector

Clean energy accounted for 40% of China's economic growth in 2023. Renewable investments in the country totalled $890 billion last year, the equivalent to global investments in fossil fuels in the same year. Read more...


EU plans for carbon removal

The European Union must capture emissions equivalent to those of Poland and Den mark combined to reach its ambitious climate targets, according to the EU estimates. The EU will unveil an industrial carbon management strategy next month. Read more...


India looking to small nuclear reactors

The India is aiming to cooperate with France on the development of small modular nuclear reactors as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government seeks to expand its options to curb the country's reliance on coal. Read more...


BEC submissions

The BusinessNZ Energy Council is currently working on a submission on the Electricity Authority's consultation paper - Potential solutions for peak electricity capacity issues. You can view the consultation paper here - Read more...




The road to cleaner engines

In this Series 2 episode of "Humanising Energy", paid and presented by Cummins, the trucking industry in India is essential for getting people what they need, but the vast distances covered emit high volumes of dangerous emissions. This company is working towards a cleaner way to carry freightView the video here...


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TESLA Forecasting acquired by Yes Energy

TESLA Forecasting has been acquired by Yes Energy, a leading North American power market data firm. TESLA Asia Pacific will operate business as usual with the existing Auckland based team. The acquisition brings more resources and the promising prospect of future developments in forecast and power market data capability. Consistent with prior Yes Energy acquisitions, the intent is for TESLA to be fully integrated with Yes Energy by mid to late 2024. Read more...


Solar farm to be built at Lauriston, Canterbury

Genesis and joint venture partner, FRV Australia, have completed the financial close on their 63MW solar farm to be built at Lauriston on the Canterbury Plains. The farm will power the equivalent of 13,000 households. Construction has begun and first electricity is expected late this year. Read more...


Fonterra to install its first electrode boiler

In its next step to get out of coal, Fonterra has announced it will install a 20-megawatt electrode boiler at its Edendale site in Southland. This is another step for the Co-operative as it works to get out of coal by 2037 and reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 50% by 2030 (from 2018 baseline). Read more...


Joint venture for New Zealand's largest solar farm

Global renewable energy infrastructure developer, Harmony Energy Limited has entered a joint venture with First Renewables Limited, part of New Zealand energy group Clarus (formerly Firstgas Group), to develop and own Tauhei Solar Farm. At the time of commissioning in 2026, it is expected to be New Zealand's largest solar farm at 150 MWac, constructed on 182 hectares near Te Aroha in the North Island. Read more...


Huntly Unit 5 returns to service

New Zealand's electricity generation has been boosted by the early return to service of the powerful Unit 5 combined cycle gas turbine at Genesis Energy's Huntly Power Station. Unit 5 came back online 20 January, four months earlier than originally expected. The 400MW unit can power up to 400,000 households. Read more...

Briefings to incoming Ministers

MBIE have released their Briefings to Incoming Ministers (BIMs). For the Minister for Energy and the Minister of Resources the briefing provides advice on the energy strategy and wind offshore regulation. It refers to challenges in maintaining security of supply, adequate gas supply, and tight electricity supply challenges. It explores the use of hydrogen and green methanol, aligning incentives and removing barriers for firms to lower emissions, along with affordability challenges. Read more...




Methanex - Process Engineer | Production - New Plymouth

Genesis - Generation Controller | Renewable - Tokaanu, Waikato

Nova Energy - Energy Trader - Wellington Central

Meridian - Senior Commercial Analyst - Wellington Central

Manawa Energy - Generation Drawings Coordinator - Tauranga

Transpower - Investigations Project Manager - Otara, Auckland

Transpower - Investigations Project Manager - Christchurch Central

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NZ Power Demand Trends

8 February 2024 - online webinar

Exciting online event, what is the current state of New Zealand's power demand, and what are the trends that experts are seeing?

Tune in to hear the latest NZ power demand trends, presented by Mark Todoroff, World Energy Council Future Energy Leader and Business Development Director of TESLA Asia Pacific, now Yes Energy. Listen to Mark's presentation and ask him any pressing questions in this interactive session. To keep questions candid, the session will not be recorded.

WHEN 8 February, 11.30am-12.30pm

WHERE Online - link will be sent out prior to the event


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. 

WHEN  5-6 March 2024

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


2024 Offshore Renewable Energy Forum

20-21 March 2024, TSB Hub, Hāwera

The Offshore Renewable Energy Forum is about recognising the interconnectivity of a future energy ecosystem and aims to bring together Iwi, key sector stakeholders and the broader community to discuss the opportunities that offshore renewables present Aotearoa New Zealand. This forum follows on from the successful 2020 Offshore Wind Forum, 2021 Offshore Future Energy Forum, and 2023 Offshore Renewable Energy Forum and will be held across two days.

WHEN 20-21 March 2024

WHERE TSB Hub, Hāwera


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. New discounted rates are now available.

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. 

WHEN 28 and 29 May 2024

WHERE Christchurch Town Hall



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