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Updates from the BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC)




Energy Scenarios:

sharing sector results

This week, BusinessNZ Executive Director Tina Schirr shared some of our latest energy scenario results with the Cawthron Institute's leadership team and young researchers. Want to find out more? Each Friday we will be diving into more details of the sector-specific results. You can watch the Industry Sector session online or keep scrolling to sign up to another session below. 

EnergyMate helping keep homes warm this winter

Despite many discussions about the energy trilemma, affordability often gets overlooked. EnergyMate is a free, in-home energy coaching service for kiwis facing energy hardship. The Energy Retailers Association NZ have teamed up with local community partners including FinCap, a network of budget advisory services across 200 locations nationwide, to help over 1,500 families keep warm this winter.  Read more...

Further energy education funding available

Do you provide targeted, specialist energy advice or training to those experiencing energy hardship? Round two of the Support for Energy Education in Communities (SEEC) fund is open. There is $1.65m funding available in 2021/22 which can be used to prepare materials, hold hui or provide personalised advice in-home or over the phone. Read more...

In case you missed it...

We were busy last month submitting on the Infrastructure Commission's Infrastructure for a Better Future, Gas Industry Company's Gas Market Settings and Ministry of Transport's Hikina te Kohupara consultation papers. See all our latest submissions, and this handy comparison between the Climate Change Commission's Final Advice and our recommendations, on our website. Read more...




The role of biogas

A joint study by Beca, FirstGas Group and Fonterra shows the potential for biogas and biomethane in New Zealand. "Our estimates indicate that implementation of wide-scale anaerobic digestion in New Zealand could produce enough renewable gas to supply all residential users and three quarters of commercial gas users with carbon free fuel," notes Eleanor Grant, Beca's Industrial Sustainability Lead. Read more...

Largest NZ solar array up and running - Sunergise

New Zealand's largest grid-connected solar power plant is up and running at Kapuni in South Taranaki. The Sunergise Kapuni Solar Power Plant has a capacity of 2.1MW, comprising 5,800 solar photovoltaic panels that will produce around 3GWh per annum. Sunergise NZ is a Todd Corporation company and leading provider of rooftop solar to commercial customers in New Zealand. Read more... 

Transpower's Consumer Advisory Panel update

In 2018, Transpower established a Consumer Advisory Panel, regularly meeting with consumer representatives including BEC to better understand customers' needs and interests. Last month the meeting covered everything from energy hardship, Consumer NZ's electricity retailer survey and the Powerswitch website, to Transpower's sustainability strategy. Read more...

Call for feedback on gas certificate rules

Certified Energy has just published a draft set of rules for certifying renewable gas, to help increase renewable gas production. All gas users, producers and anyone interested in the gas network are invited to give feedback. Visit their website to download the draft rules and register for updates. Read more...




NZ Energy Scenarios: Sector results

July, Online

Join us as we share further details of the New Zealand Energy Scenarios results for each sector. Our five sector specific online events will run every Friday throughout July. 

SECTOR Transport

WHEN 12:00 - 1:00PM, 9 July 2021

SECTOR Residential and Commercial

WHEN 12:00 - 1:00PM, 16 July 2021

SECTOR Electricity

WHEN 12:00 - 1:00PM, 23 July 2021

SECTOR Agriculture

WHEN 12:00 - 1:00PM, 30 July 2021


YEPN Presents NZ Energy Scenarios

12 July, Auckland / Online

Basil Issa and Chiraag Ishwar from EECA share results from the recently updated New Zealand Energy Scenarios TIMES-NZ 2.0.

WHEN 5:30 - 6:30PM, 12 July 2021

WHERE The Mercury Building, 33 Broadway, Newmarket

 Online option available here.


WEC: The Emerging Hydrogen Economy
in the Asia Pacific Region

21 July, Online

The World Energy Council will share its latest Innovation Insights on hydrogen strategies, and opportunities and lessons learned from several current hydrogen projections will be presented by project leaders.

WHEN 7:00PM, 21 July 2021

WHERE Online


Climate Change and Business Conference

13 - 14 October, Auckland

The Sustainable Business Council, Climate Leaders Coalition and Environmental Defence Society are partnering to deliver the Climate Change and Business Conference this year, focused on the role of the business sector in decarbonising Aotearoa. 

WHEN 13 - 14 October 2021

WHERE Aotea Centre, Auckland



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