Transpower tracks NZ energy futures progress

Transpower's recently released ‘Whakamana i Te Mauri Hiko Monitoring Report’ indicates how New Zealand is tracking our energy futures.

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A world-first solar sharing pilot launched on Hawke’s Bay farm

A Hawke’s Bay farm is taking part in a world-first pilot which allows customers to contract with more than one electricity supplier at a single location.

The pilot of an innovation called multiple trading relationships (MTR), has been enabled by New Zealand’s future energy centre, Ara Ake.

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Electricity demand from green sources increases globally

Wind and solar generated 10 percent of global electricity for the first time in 2021, a new analysis shows.

By 
Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent for the BBC

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SEANZ Member donation slashes school power expenses


Unlocking distributed generation

SEANZ chairman, Brendan Winitana, comments on some changes needed for the success of a consumer-centric distribution of power in the energy market in this recent Electrolink article. 

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$1.3 billion planned investment in solar power in New Zealand

A new company, Helios Energy, formed by a group of United States and New Zealand entrepreneurs announced this week that it had been “quietly developing” a series of grid-connected solar farms that would have a combined maximum capacity of 1 gigawatt.

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Energy Industry Survey puts grid-scale solar plus batteries first

Energy News and GE Digital recently released the results of the 2021 New Zealand Electricity Survey. Respondents included consultants, distributors and
gentailers.

Key points of note:

  • grid-scale solar plus batteries should be prioritised for development over the next 10 to 20 years to best complement the existing generation mix - it delivers the best system-wide benefits, with global technology costs set to fall materially during the next 10 years
  • The prediction for reaching 500 MW of installed solar has moved forward from 2030 last year to respondents now thinking this will occur by 2024
  • The adoption of grid and home batteries was put forward as the primary technology to help decarbonise and improve energy security. However, the affordability of batteries is delaying mass deployment

Download the full report here


Fair Go says "Only use a SEANZ Member"

Fair Go's top tip for installing solar? USE A SEANZ MEMBER

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Flexibility Services for Auckland Electricity Network

Are you interested in providing innovative solutions to help us build the electricity network of the future?

As energy systems around the world change to meet the rapidly evolving demands of electrification, decarbonisation, reliability, and affordability, non-wires alternatives must be integrated with traditional infrastructure in a ‘best of both worlds’ approach. ‘Non-wires alternative’ is a catch-all term for an electricity network investment or project that uses non-traditional solutions to defer or replace the need for equipment upgrades, such as lines, cables or transformers, by reducing load at a substation or circuit level.

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Aurora Energy Upper Clutha project Case Study

Aurora seek non-network solutions to reliably meet growing peak demand in the wider Wanaka area.

 

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