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Updates from the BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC)




Infrastructure Commission CEO discussion with BEC

Last week Te Waihanga Chief Executive Ross Copland spoke to the BEC Council sharing insights from the Commissions just released report Leveraging our energy resources. New Zealand needs cost-competitive backup generation to cover periods when demand is high, hydro reservoirs are low, the wind is light, and the sun is not shining. The report is part of the recent released strategy. Read more... 

Electricity and Gas Market Update

Electricity prices, both spot and futures, remained high through May as below average inflows continued and demand increased, and as we moved towards the cooler winter months. Hydro storage continued to decline while gas production also reduced further, putting more upward pressure on both gas and electricity prices. 


Congratulations BEC Chair

Congratulations to our BEC Chair, David Caygill (CNZM), having been named, along with Ken Williamson (KStJ QSM JP), Distinguished Fellows of the Institute of Directors (IoD) - the Institutes highest accolade.

The pair both have a long history of governance and business leadership of corporate and not-for-profit entities in Canterbury and the Waikato respectively and nationally.  Read more...

BEC/BusinessNZ Submissions

Two important submissions have recently been submitted by BusinessNZ and BEC.

Submission to the Ministry of Transport on New Zealand Freight & Supply Chain Issues Paper - Read here...

Submission to the Ministry for the Environment on the Kia urutau, kia ora: Kia ─ühuarangi rite a Aotearoa Adapt and thrive: Building a climate resilient NZ - Read here...

Looking for investment from overseas?

The National Security and Public Order notification regime applies to overseas investments in strategically important businesses. This includes businesses involved in generating and distributing electricity. Overseas investments under $100m can be assessed for risks to New Zealand’s national security and public order.  Read more... 




BEC Energy 101 series

Explaining energy doesn’t have to be complicated. Introducing Energy101 – a new series from BEC designed to help everyone understand NZ’s energy system. In today’s session you’ll meet Helios Energy’s Sarah Tapp, for an intro to solar power and its potential to further diversify our renewable energy resource. Watch the first video here..


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RBP one-page summaries

BEC consultancy member Robinson Bowmaker Paul has recently published a series of one page design summaries of electricity markets around Asia-Pacific and North America. Each one pager identifies the key policy, planning, and operations entities, and summarises market characteristics including capacity market arrangements, dispatch and settlement approach, ancillary service definitions, and retail competition. Read more... 

Genesis CEO departs for Australia

Genesis CEO Marc England has announced his resignation after six years with the company. He is heading across the Tasman to head up New South Wales electricity distributor Ausgrid. England will depart Genesis in late 2022. “It has been a privilege to lead Genesis, one of New Zealand’s strongest brands and owner of critical national infrastructure, and to have worked with an amazing team of people,” said England. Read more...

Straterra welcomes new CEO

Straterra, the industry association representing the New Zealand minerals and mining sector, has appointed Josie Vidal as its new CEO. She replaces Chris Baker who leaves the position after 12 years of service. Straterra Chair Alison Paul announced the appointment. “The Straterra Board is thrilled Josie has accepted the position of CEO,” Ms Paul said. Read more... 

Decarbonisation funding for Business now available

Round 4 of EECA’s contestable co-funding is now open. The fund is to help business help reduce carbon emissions by supporting fuel switching and energy efficiency projects. Switching to renewable energy, coupled with energy efficiency, also helps future-proof businesses. Total projects with costs over $300,000 can now apply. Projects must be fully commissioned and operational by 31 December 2025. Read more… 

Emrod's demonstration project

Previously, Powerco partnered with Emrod to fund a lab-based trial. Powerco was keen to see whether the technology can deliver efficiencies to the way power is delivered to some customers, such as those in remote or challenging areas.

The wait is almost over for the world-first demonstration of wireless electricity transmission. With the ongoing support from Ara Ake, Emrod have started the process of bringing their demonstration unit to Taranaki, and testing it at the end of June.  Read more... 

ETS needs to be fit for purpose

BEC has welcomed the release of Ara Ake’s report Carbon Dioxide Removal and Usage in Aotearoa New Zealand. We thank all BEC members that have provided feedback to inform this work. Over the last years, BEC has asked the Government to allow for CCUS in the ETS. We need all cards on the table to tackle Climate Change.  Read more…




Genesis Energy GM LPG Operations - Auckland, Hamilton

Genesis Energy Control and Instrumentation Technician - Tokaanu

Genesis Energy Operator Maintainer (Mechanical) - Huntly

EECA Senior Advisor Evaluation - Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch

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Great Debate Series
Decentralised Energy vs Centralised Energy

23 June 2022, Wellington

Join us for the first of our Great Debate Series to explore different perspectives on the topic: 'Decentralised Energy vs Centralised Energy' 

During the session our speakers will debate their views on decentralised vs centralised energy solutions with the facilitator challenging participants and aiming to explore the pros and cons of each option. Our speakers will discuss some of the different solutions, how these can support our carbon zero journey, the potential challenges, and the opportunities available to implement them. Register now.

WHEN 23 June 2022

WHERE BusinessNZ, Wellington


Energy Matters 2022

The transition to a low carbon future

7 July 2022, University of Auckland Business School

There are risks and opportunities for all stakeholders as NZ makes the necessary transition to a low carbon future and reduces reliance on fossil fuels. In that context, how does Z Energy move from being in the middle of the problem to being at the heart of the solution? 

Please join us for the first in-person Energy Matters event since 2019, featuring Mike Bennetts, who is founding Chief Executive of Z Energy Limited. Mike will address this big question – as well as many others – in a public lecture on the future and current transition to a low carbon economy.

WHEN 6-7.45pm 7 July 2022

WHERE The University of Auckland Business School, Room 051, Level 0, Sir Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland


Climate Change and Business Conference

19-20 September 2022, Aotea Centre, Auckland

The conference, delivered by SBC, CLC and EDS, will focus on the concrete action business is taking to accelerate the pathway to net zero by 2050. 

Tina Schirr, Executive Director BusinessNZ Energy Council will be speaking on the Future of Energy.

WHEN 19-20 September 2022

WHERE Aotea Centre, Auckland



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