SEANZ Report Released: Sustainable Energy for a Sustainable Future

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Distributed Energy Resources (DER), such as Solar PV, Batteries, and wind, embedded in mini and micro-grids, and connected by new business models can play a significant role in building a modern energy system by :



1. Powering New Zealand’s low-carbon economy by,

  • Getting us from 80% to 100% renewable energy before 2035
  • Supporting carbon neutrality by 2050
  • Meeting increased demand to power our transport fleet




2. Improving system resilience and reliability by,

  • Diversifying energy generation to overcome risks associated with increasingly frequent hydro dry years
  • Distributing generation to improve resilience and lower the financial impacts of power outages due to increasingly frequent extreme weather events and from natural disasters


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3. Improving fairness and equity, lowering energy costs, and reducing energy poverty through:

  • Government policy to ensure equal opportunity for all Kiwis regardless of socio-economic status
  • Levelling and lowering the cost of energy by producing it where it is needed
  • Increasing competition by creating a secondary market where Kiwi households can buy and sell energy for a fair price with their friends and neighbours using the local distribution network
  • Reducing and managing peaks at peak demand times, therefore reducing the investment required in the distribution network


4. Providing additional benefits of:

  • Job creation
  • Private investment offsetting and government or private generator investment



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