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  • BEC NEWSLETTER - September 2017

    Date Added: 11 Oct 2017 from BusinessNZ

    AI our greatest existential threat? In an interview with Idealog, Stu Christie explains that he sees the biggest opportunities for Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies being in agriculture, manufacturing, infrastructure and transportation. Stu is investment manager at NZ Venture Investment Fund and now Chair of the recently launched AI Forum. He says New Zealand has an open labour force, is easy to do business with, and is a heavily connected first world country but small enough to be able to collaborate together. The AI Forum sets out to raise the level of awareness and capabilities of AI in New Zealand.

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    Greening China to drive global cost reductions

    Date Added: 25 Sep 2017 from BusinessNZ Energy Council

    The rapid "greening" of the Chinese economy may continue to help drive down the manufacturing costs of renewable energy technologies, a visiting academic says. Wind, solar, battery and electric vehicle technology have seen cost reductions "because, as the market expands, so the efficiencies improve and the costs come down and the more the costs come down the more the market expands and this is a virtuous circle," professor John Mathews told a Business NZ Energy Council meeting in Wellington last Friday...

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    Global Green shift – China as a driver

    Date Added: 25 Sep 2017 from BusinessNZ Energy Council

    China’s energy strategy and its global implications. John Mathews, Professor of Strategy at Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney, spoke about the current developments with China's energy strategy. He presented evidence of a global green transition under way – but contrary to popular perception – one that is not driven by the United States, the European Union or Japan. He argued that China is driving the green transition, very much for its own reasons of enhancing its energy security and cleaning up its deteriorating urban environment.

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    Moving Forward with Tariff Reform

    Date Added: 5 Sep 2017 from BusinessNZ

    Tariff reform has evolved through five waves since the late 1970s. While 300+ pilots have shown that customers respond to time-varying rates, there is a reluctance among policy makers, regulators, and utilities to move ahead with new tariffs because of strongly-held misperceptions about how they may raise customer bills.

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  • BEC NEWSLETTER - August 2017

    Date Added: 11 Aug 2017 from BusinessNZ

    Congratulations to all our award winning members Alison Andrew the CEO of Transpower and James Tipping the Manager Strategy and regulation at Trustpower. Transpower, Trustpower, Flick Electric, ChargeNet, LZ, STOS, GNS Science, Venture Southland, Active Refrigeration and Alan Jenkins were the winners of the 2017 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards, announced last night. Over 600 people from the energy sector came together and celebrated with the Minister of Energy and Resources, the Hon Judith Collins.

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    Video: The German energy transition – “Energiewende”

    Date Added: 30 Jun 2017 from BusinessNZ Energy Council

    A co-hosted Smart Grid Forum and BusinessNZ presentation. Tina Shirr from BusinessNZ Energy Council talks about Germany's energy transition: "Energiewende"

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  • Parties unite on removing LFC

    Date Added: 3 Aug 2017 from BusinessNZ

    The legislated low-user fixed charge has become a “middle-class subsidy” for electricity and needs to be scrapped or replaced, the country's political parties agree. Labour Party energy spokesperson Dr Megan Woods says the most vulnerable families in terms of energy poverty in her Wigram electorate office are not small households with solar panels, but “very large families”.“They are probably living in uninsulated rental accommodation and they're the ones not getting the benefit, so I absolutely don’t think it meets the needs that I think it needs to.”“It can be seen as a middle-class subsidy now.”

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  • BEC NEWSLETTER - July 2017

    Date Added: 11 Jul 2017 from BusinessNZ

    Having previously reported on the usage of Blockchain we are excited to see the current development of NZ's peer-to-peer (P2P) power platform P2 Power. In an interview on Wednesday Stu Innes, the P2 Power's co-founder, said that the company is currently working with Lightning Lab to explore options, such as blockchain, to improve their data-driven platform.

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  • Germany's renewable push delivers innovation

    Date Added: 4 Jul 2017 from BusinessNZ; BusinessNZ Energy Council

    The Energiewende is seen as a longer-term "investment" which comes with significant costs. The German government has spent about €500 billion on electricity subsidies to date. But it expects it will have beneficial outcomes out to 2030 in terms of economic development, as well as by creating a decarbonised energy system. Germany's "integrated" policy seeks to lower emissions across the country's electricity, industrial and transport sectors. It also seeks to increase energy security by reducing the country's coal, gas, petroleum and uranium imports.

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    Video:#2 Meet the Climate Change Leaders

    Date Added: 27 Jun 2017 from BusinessNZ Energy Council

    Meet the Climate Change Leaders.

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  • BEC NEWSLETTER - June 2017

    Date Added: 11 Jul 2017 from BusinessNZ

    We are pleased to welcome Vector as a new BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) Member. Vector is an electricity and gas distribution company based in Auckland. Vector also owns a fibre optic cable network and recently installed a network of 15 electric vehicle chargers across Auckland. The BEC is looking forward to workingi with Vector.

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  • WEF May 2017

    Date Added: 8 May 2017 from BusinessNZ

    Monthly Insights from the Council's Global Leadership Community.

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  • BEC NEWSLETTER - May 2017

    Date Added: 11 Jul 2017 from BusinessNZ

    The recently released World Energy Issues Monitor 2017 shows NZ’s energy sector is not immune to growing global and domestic energy system uncertainty. It’s keeping our energy executives awake at night. Uncertainty now extends to issues which in previous years have traditionally been those that energy executives simply got on with – renewable energies and energy efficiency.

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  • Overseas projects may have role in NZ carbon target

    Date Added: 27 Apr 2017 from BusinessNZ

    New Zealand's renewable electricity experts may be able to earn carbon offset overseas once multi-lateral trading systems are set up.Kay Harrison, the Ministry for the Environment's lead carbon markets negotiator, says New Zealand's industry expertise is an opportunity to participate in large-scale projects that increase other countries' renewable capacity.

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    Video: Meet the Climate Change Leaders

    Date Added: 27 Apr 2017 from BusinessNZ Energy Council

    Meet the Climate Change Leaders.

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    New report sheds light on energy and transport sector’s emission reductions

    Date Added: 7 Apr 2017 from BusinessNZ

    The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) today released the second in its series of reports on energy scenarios to 2050. This report looks at the contribution the energy and transport sectors can make to emission reductions.

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    Survey highlights the rise of energy system uncertainty

    Date Added: 6 Apr 2017 from BusinessNZ

    The World Energy Council’s World Energy Issues Monitor 2017, including the third annual energy issues map for New Zealand, shows New Zealand’s energy sector is not immune to the growing global and domestic energy system uncertainty. It’s keeping our energy executives awake at night.

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    Two young Kiwis recognised as global Future Energy Leaders

    Date Added: 5 Apr 2017 from BusinessNZ

    The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) is pleased to announce two young New Zealanders are on their way to becoming the next generation of New Zealand's energy leaders, capable of solving the world's most pressing challenges around energy and sustainability.

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