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  • New trends key to NZ retaining top WEC ranking

    Date Added: 16 Nov 2017 from BusinessNZ Energy Council

    A balanced approach to digitalisation, decentralisation and decarbonisation will help New Zealand’s energy sector retain its top-10 ranking in a global performance index into the future, the BusinessNZ Energy Council says.

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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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  • 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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