Renewable electricity generation continues to rise

Press Release – Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today published the September quarter 2014 edition of the New Zealand Energy Quarterly. Read more »

Sustainable Housing Development Reaches New Milestone

Press Release – Unison

A sustainable housing development in Hastings has reached a new milestone, with the first of eleven solar PV equipped new-builds complete and open as a show home. The housing development, a joint project between Horvath Homes, Unison and Hastings District … Read more »

Solar homes stymied by Govt inaction

Press Release – Green Party

Government inaction is allowing the big power companies to discourage the nascent solar power sector, the Green Party said today. Green Party MP Gareth Hughes launched a petition today calling on the Government to empower the Electricity Authority to … Read more »

Trustpower committed to Australian renewables projects

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 15 (BusinessDesk) – Tauranga-based electricity company Trustpower says it remains committed to its renewable energy projects in Australia, in spite of the uncertainty created by the review of the Renewable Energy Targets policy by the federal government. Read more »

Te Rere Hau Windfarm: Commitment to resolving issues

Press Release – Palmerston North City Council

Palmerston North City Council is disappointed with the Court of Appeal decision to uphold an earlier High Court decision regarding Te Rere Hau Windfarm. Read more »

Energy Mad narrows 1H loss; shifts focus to LED bulbs

Article – BusinessDesk

Nov. 27 (BusinessDesk) – Energy Mad, the energy efficient lightbulb marketer, narrowed its first-half loss after a year earlier impairment washed through, though widened its operating loss on flat sales and as it shifts focus to LED lightbulbs. Read more »

MRP rejects carbon farmer’s carbon unit top-up claim

Article – BusinessDesk

Nov. 26 (BusinessDesk) – MightyRiverPower has claimed in the High Court it shouldnt have to pay for carbon units issued for years prior to the start of its contract with New Zealand Carbon Farming in 2013, which it entered as part of its effort to … Read more »

Hydrogen energy forum provides focus for innovative NZ tech

Press Release – Callaghan Innovation

Technology developed by Kiwi scientists and business partners proves it is possible to store renewable hydrogen gas as a fuel to power remote communities, an international energy summit hosted by Callaghan Innovation and the Ministry of Business Innovation … Read more »

CarbonScape locks down minimum $400,000 in crowdfunding

Article – BusinessDesk

Nov. 17 (BusinessDesk) – CarbonScape, the developers of a green alternative to coking coal used in steel making, has raised its minimum $400,000 target through online equity crowd funding. Read more »

Top engineering scientist wins major award

Press Release – University of Auckland

A leading and internationally renowned engineering researcher from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Auckland has won this years Shorland Medal, awarded by the New Zealand Association of Scientists. Read more »

Meridian cut casts a shadow over solar plans

Press Release – Econergy Limited

Meridian Energys slashing of solar buy back rates has messed with my plans for installing solar power big time. Read more »

Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes

Press Release – Green Party

Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Meridian changes solar buyback rates

Press Release – Meridian Energy

Meridian Energy is changing its buyback rates for new customers looking to install solar PV from 1 December this year. Meridians current export rates are 25 cents for the first 5 kWh per day and 10 cents thereafter. The new rates will be 7 cents/kWh … Read more »

Lanzatech, Indian group produce omega-3 fatty acids from CO2

Article – BusinessDesk

Nov. 3 (BusinessDesk) – LanzaTech, the New Zealand-founded carbon recycling company, and a research team from Indias IOC-DBT Center for Advanced Bio-Energy Research have developed a way of using carbon dioxide emissions to produce omega-3 rich fatty … Read more »

Alternative energy becomes crucial for the world

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has reinforced the need for all electricity to be generated from low carbon sources, says Labours acting Climate Change spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. Read more »

Trustpower Cements Kiwi Place in Australian Wind Energy

Press Release – TrustPower

Tauranga based Trustpower, New Zealand fifth largest electricity retailer and generator, is celebrating the completion of its largest single asset, the Snowtown Wind Farm in South Australia. Read more »

Victoria University leads charge to fossil fuel divestment

Press Release – 350 Aotearoa

350 Aotearoa congratulates Victoria University on its decision to become the first university in New Zealand to divest from fossil fuels. This is a major milestone for the institution and demonstrates true leadership of New Zealand universities … Read more »

Trustpower posts 16% gain in 1H profit, eyes Aust renewables

Article – BusinessDesk

Nov. 3 (BusinessDesk) – Trustpower, the energy company controlled by Infratil, posted a 16 percent gain in first-half profit after lifting retail electricity sales and said it is seeking more wind farm opportunities in Australia. Read more »

Contact’s big solar buy-back drop bad news

Press Release – Green Party

Contact’s big solar buy-back drop bad news for Kiwis with solar The Green Party are calling for a law change to establish an independent umpire to set fair and reasonable buy-back rates after Contact Energy announced, from today, new small scale solar … Read more »

Tararua Wind Farm – world record turbine output

Press Release – TrustPower

Two of the thirty one Vestas V90 wind turbines operating at Trustpowers Tararua wind farm have set a world record for their total output, producing 100,000,000 KWh of electricity. These turbines are less than halfway through their design life. Read more »

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