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Transpower NZ - Exploring battery storage to enable New Zealand’s energy future

9 Jul 2019 | Transpower NZ

A new report has found the widespread uptake of distributed battery energy storage systems (BESS) in New Zealand could play an important role in supporting the power system as solar PV and electric vehicles are increasingly adopted. Transpower’s Distributed Battery Energy Storage Systems in New Zealand examines the operational impact on the power system of the widespread uptake of these systems in homes and businesses in conjunction with the large-scale uptake of rooftop solar PV generation and electric vehicle (EV) charging. The report identifies what is required to enable a successful integration and ensure a reliable fit-for-purpose power system.

A new report has found the widespread uptake of distributed battery energy storage systems (BESS) in New Zealand could play an important role in supporting the power system as solar PV and electric vehicles are increasingly adopted. Transpower’s Distributed Battery Energy Storage Systems in New Zealand examines the operational impact on the power system of the widespread uptake of these systems in homes and businesses in conjunction with the large-scale uptake of rooftop solar PV generation and electric vehicle (EV) charging. The report identifies what is required to enable a successful integration and ensure a reliable fit-for-purpose power system.

Toyota NZ welcomes transport emissions consultation

9 Jul 2019 | Toyota New Zealand

Toyota New Zealand says the Government’s planned consultation on clean car standards and discounts is an encouraging step towards reducing New Zealand’s automotive carbon emissions. The Government has proposed a clean car standard for importers and distributors as well as a clean car discount for consumers based on adding a fee to higher emitting imported new and used vehicles and a discount for low or zero emitting new and used vehicles retailing for less than $80,000.

Toyota New Zealand says the Government’s planned consultation on clean car standards and discounts is an encouraging step towards reducing New Zealand’s automotive carbon emissions. The Government has proposed a clean car standard for importers and distributors as well as a clean car discount for consumers based on adding a fee to higher emitting imported new and used vehicles and a discount for low or zero emitting new and used vehicles retailing for less than $80,000.

Meridian Energy welcomes action on cleaner cars

9 Jul 2019 | Meridian Energy

Meridian Energy welcomes the government’s proposal to introduce standards and discounts incentivising cleaner vehicles in New Zealand. Chief Executive Neal Barclay says transport represents a huge opportunity for New Zealand to reduce emissions, meet climate targets, and lower running costs for families and individuals.

Meridian Energy welcomes the government’s proposal to introduce standards and discounts incentivising cleaner vehicles in New Zealand. Chief Executive Neal Barclay says transport represents a huge opportunity for New Zealand to reduce emissions, meet climate targets, and lower running costs for families and individuals.

Watercare plugs in more EVs

8 Jul 2019 | EV Talk

Watercare is opting for electric-only vehicles where suitable. It has added 23 new Hyundai electric vehicles to its passenger pool fleet – 20 Ioniqs and three Konas. The Auckland Council-controlled organisation (CCO) says it’s no longer going to include plug-in hybrids, opting only for fully electric or conventional vehicles. “In future, our focus will be on efficiency and fuel reductions,” a spokesperson says.

Watercare is opting for electric-only vehicles where suitable. It has added 23 new Hyundai electric vehicles to its passenger pool fleet – 20 Ioniqs and three Konas. The Auckland Council-controlled organisation (CCO) says it’s no longer going to include plug-in hybrids, opting only for fully electric or conventional vehicles. “In future, our focus will be on efficiency and fuel reductions,” a spokesperson says.

SKYCITY’s Low Carbon Meal: Viva feature

8 Jul 2019 | SKYCITY

Low-Carbon Dining It took Josh Barlow, executive chef of The Sugar Club, just over half a year to create and serve New Zealand’s first three-course “low-carbon” menu last month. The time investment doesn’t exactly bode well for adopting a climate-friendly diet for every day. But given the global food system’s impact on the planet – said to be responsible for about one-third of the planet-warming greenhouse gases – it’s a nudge in the right direction for diners considering the greater effects of their food choices.

Low-Carbon Dining It took Josh Barlow, executive chef of The Sugar Club, just over half a year to create and serve New Zealand’s first three-course “low-carbon” menu last month. The time investment doesn’t exactly bode well for adopting a climate-friendly diet for every day. But given the global food system’s impact on the planet – said to be responsible for about one-third of the planet-warming greenhouse gases – it’s a nudge in the right direction for diners considering the greater effects of their food choices.

Meridian Energy - Charging electric cars in remote areas possible with new charging stations

4 Jul 2019 | Meridian Energy

Fiordland, the West Coast and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park can now be easily reached by electric vehicles thanks to the installation of three new remote public charging stations. The new stations in Mount Cook Village, Franz Josef and Te Anau were installed by Meridian Energy and YHA New Zealand as part of the government's Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

Fiordland, the West Coast and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park can now be easily reached by electric vehicles thanks to the installation of three new remote public charging stations. The new stations in Mount Cook Village, Franz Josef and Te Anau were installed by Meridian Energy and YHA New Zealand as part of the government's Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

Watercare - Solar energy for wastewater an exciting landmark

4 Jul 2019 | Our Auckland

Watercare has entered the solar energy market and installed solar panels at the Pukekohe Wastewater Treatment Plant. The 400 ground-mounted solar panels project, creating renewable energy, is the first project of its kind for Watercare. The panels help power a pump station, which sends wastewater around one kilometre away to be processed.

Watercare has entered the solar energy market and installed solar panels at the Pukekohe Wastewater Treatment Plant. The 400 ground-mounted solar panels project, creating renewable energy, is the first project of its kind for Watercare. The panels help power a pump station, which sends wastewater around one kilometre away to be processed.

Vector - End-of-life electric vehicle batteries could power homes and businesses

4 Jul 2019 | Vector

Vector, New Zealand’s leading distributor of electricity and gas, is exploring the possibility of turning end-of-life Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries into affordable power storage for homes and businesses. In collaboration with Relectrify, an Australian battery control technology growth firm, the trial is testing the capability of EV batteries to be converted into electricity storage batteries.

Vector, New Zealand’s leading distributor of electricity and gas, is exploring the possibility of turning end-of-life Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries into affordable power storage for homes and businesses. In collaboration with Relectrify, an Australian battery control technology growth firm, the trial is testing the capability of EV batteries to be converted into electricity storage batteries.

Kiwirail - Extended log trains will take more trucks off roads

3 Jul 2019 | Kiwirail

Longer log trains between Waingawa and Wellington will deliver clearer roads and lower greenhouse gas emissions, KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller says. Today KiwiRail increased the number of wagons on its daily trains transporting logs from Masterton to CentrePort.

Longer log trains between Waingawa and Wellington will deliver clearer roads and lower greenhouse gas emissions, KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller says. Today KiwiRail increased the number of wagons on its daily trains transporting logs from Masterton to CentrePort.

Ngai Tahu Tourism's Dark Sky Project educating visitors on importance of looking after environment

3 Jul 2019 | Maori Television

The Dark Sky Project is a world-first fully-immersive astronomy experience free of the light pollution of the modern era. It brings together science and tātai aroraki (Māori astronomy) to tell the stories of the night sky in a profound way. A new home for astronomy and a place to reconnect with the skies above, the $11mil Dark Sky Project tells stories and educates people on the stars we see in the total darkness of night.

The Dark Sky Project is a world-first fully-immersive astronomy experience free of the light pollution of the modern era. It brings together science and tātai aroraki (Māori astronomy) to tell the stories of the night sky in a profound way. A new home for astronomy and a place to reconnect with the skies above, the $11mil Dark Sky Project tells stories and educates people on the stars we see in the total darkness of night.