Winter solstice

Press Release – Vector

Tomorrow, Tuesday June 21, marks the winter solstice. This means it is our shortest day of the year, along with the longest night it occurs at 11.28pm. Read more »

Fonterra coal boiler decision “ridiculous”

Press Release – Coal Action Network

The decision to let Fonterra build a massive, coal-fired boiler in South Canterbury is a blow for the climate and a sustainable future, and flies in the face of any regard for our grandchildren, Coal Action Network Aotearoa (CANA) said today. Read more »

Be sure to receive your dividend this year

Press Release – Entrust

Entrust (formerly Auckland Energy Consumer Trust) is getting ready to pay its annual dividend to beneficiaries Approximately 320,000 Auckland electricity customers will be contacted this week about Entrusts annual dividend payment worth several hundred … Read more »

CC decision reinforces electricity monopolies

Opinion – Molly Melhuish

The Commerce Commission said at the briefing today on Input Methodology rules that they consider consumers of electricity to be stakeholders in electricity regulation. But they said they have no effective way of implementing that . Read more »

Decrease in household electricity costs

Press Release – Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The latest New Zealand Energy Quarterly, released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), shows the average cost of electricity paid by residential consumers has fallen for the first time in 15 years. Average sales-based electricity … Read more »

New transmission pricing unfair on Aucklanders

Press Release – For a Better Auckland

Auckland mayoral candidate Phil Goff has slammed electricity transmission proposals which would add on average $190 a year to each Aucklanders electricity bills. He says they are unfair and unwarranted. Read more »

King Country Energy reports $8.1 mln profit

Article – BusinessDesk

June 15 (BusinessDesk) – King Country Energy, the Taumarunui-based power generator and retailer, says profit in the fifteen months to the end of March 2016 was $8.1 million, up from $3.8 million in calendar 2014. Read more »

$5,000 in fines handed down for unauthorised electrical work

Press Release – Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Two fines were handed down to an Auckland company and an Ashhurst man for breaching the Electricity Act 1992. Read more »

Cooler temperatures ahead this week

Press Release – Vector Limited

The unusually warm June so far – where Auckland’s 19.9C was one of its highest June temperatures recorded – appears to be over. Read more »

National electric vehicle charging signage launched

Press Release – New Zealand Government

New electric vehicle signage launched today will help remove barriers to going electric, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. Read more »

Battery Energy Storage Trial

Press Release – Alpine Energy

Alpine Energy has worked collaboratively with Infratec Ltd, one of New Zealands leading renewable energy firms, to deliver the countrys first grid connected commercial battery energy storage system (BESS) suitable for both network and consumer purposes, … Read more »

EECA Chief Executive to retire

Press Release – Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

After almost 10 years as Chief Executive of EECA, Mike Underhill has announced plans to retire from the role towards the end of this year. Mr Underhill has a long history in the energy sector with previous chief executive roles at WEL Networks, TransAlta … Read more »

$1 billion for Pacific energy projects

Press Release – New Zealand Government

New Zealand and the European Union today welcomed the successful conclusion of the Pacific Energy Conference in Auckland which saw donors commit over $1 billion for sustainable energy projects in the Pacific. Read more »

Report details profitability of electricity lines companies

Press Release – Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission has today released a new report detailing the profitability of the 16 electricity distributors subject to price-quality regulation in New Zealand between 2012 and 2015. Read more »

Regulatory curbs limit excessive profits from lines company

Article – BusinessDesk

June 8 (BusinessDesk) – The Commerce Commission is hailing the success of revenue limits in curbing excessive profits at electricity lines companies, although Auckland’s Vector and Wellington Electricity were among five distribution firms showing a material … Read more »

Weather to get wetter, warmer and windier this week

Press Release – Vector Limited

After a stellar long weekend, the weather is set to take a warmer, windier and wetter turn. Read more »

Argument a cynical bid to slow solar uptake, says solarcity

Press Release – SolarCity

Auckland, 3 June 2016 – The head of New Zealands largest solar company has slammed an argument that electric vehicles are better than solar panels for cutting CO2 levels, as a cynical and diversionary tactic by the electricity industry to slow the … Read more »

Expense of an electric car better investment than solar

Article – BusinessDesk

June 3 (BusinessDesk) – The extra expense of an electric vehicle roughly equates to the cost of installing roof-top solar electricity generation, making it a better investment for environmental outcomes, says John Hancock, the head of the Smart Grid … Read more »

First of 500 electric parcel delivery vehicles arrive in NZ

Press Release – New Zealand Post

The first shipment of New Zealand Posts 500 new electric delivery vehicles has landed in Auckland for a nationwide rollout that starts later this year. Read more »

Chief Marketing Officer appointed

Press Release – Mighty River Power

Julia Jack will join Mighty River Power in the new Chief Marketing Officer role as the Company prepares to move to a single new Mercury brand. Read more »

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