NZ Winners and Losers in the Spotlight in 2018

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NZ Winners and Losers in the Spotlight in 2018

Posted 14 December 2018 by David Spratt

For the third year in a row BusinessPlus has allowed me the opportunity to take the mickey out of a select group of businesses and individuals in this satirical Christmas “awards” wrap-up. That’s a big call by the editor when my track record for saying the wrong thing at exactly the wrong time precedes me. If you are offended, I am in the phone book and on social media. If you have a laugh, then send the kudos to my brave editor.   Taking the Eye off the Prize Award – Auckland Council  When a huge storm with 200kph-plus winds blew out the candles on 150,000 Auckland...
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Is There a Magic Bullet for Energy Pricing?

Posted 14 November 2018 by Chris Hargreaves

The following post was written by Bryan Leyland for KiwiBlog. Bryan is an engineer with over 60 years experience in the energy sector and regularly comments on various topics. He is a strong believer in a single payer market and Carl Hanson, former head of the Electricity Authority argues against this here. At Total Utilities, we track the competitiveness of contestable costs and been doing so for nearly 20 years. While this data is representative of our customer base (which is made up of small and large commercial and industrial customers and does not include residential customers) we...
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Volkswagen e-Golf Review: This Hot Hatch Electric Vehicle Suits Me

Posted 14 November 2018 by David Spratt

In this exclusive series of articles by David Spratt, he explores the electric vehicle (EV) options for specific business uses. Part 3: Evaluating the Volkswagen e-Golf electric car. It may be that I have now test driven one too many electric vehicles (EVs), but I have become increasingly irritated by the clunky and, dare I say, ugly designs that have been rolled out by some manufacturers. Not the e-Golf, though. Volkswagen addresses this design challenge with a vehicle that feels familiar, comfortable and accessible from the moment you climb into it. Built from the ground up to...
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The Tesla Model S makes a statement of success

Posted 10 October 2018 by David Spratt

In this exclusive series of articles by David Spratt, he explores the electric vehicle (EV) options for specific business uses. Part 2: Evaluating the Tesla Model S P100D electric car What do you get when you mix an eccentric, Los Angeles-based, internet billionaire with the desire to build an electric vehicle with speed and acceleration to challenge the world’s top performance cars? The answer is the Tesla 100S, complete with vegan leather seats and “bio-weapon defence mode” to keep the car’s air fresh in case of anthrax attack. I started test-driving the Tesla S (P100D...
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Mercury's pioneering direct grid-connected battery: it’s large and in-charge

Posted 24 September 2018 by Richard Gardiner

During the recent two-day EMANZ Conference that I attended in Auckland with our Energy Manager, Tânia Coelho, I was struck by the surge of genuine enthusiasm for and commitment to renewable energy from the diverse group of Energy Managers and others who attended. In this regard, our country is in the fortunate position that 85% of our electricity supply already comes from renewable energy, mainly hydro-electricity, geothermal and wind-generation based. Successive National and Labour Coalition Governments have made a strong and binding commitment to New Zealand meeting its global carbon...
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Power Factor: Dark Arts and Wizardry?

Posted 11 September 2018 by Chris Hargreaves

I joined the energy industry 11 years ago this week, the time has flown by and a lot has changed since 2007. Technology has been the driving force and is currently revolutionising the energy market. While the fundamental mechanics remain similar, the way in which pricing is determined for end users (customer) has evolved rapidly and the future only suggests more change with Solar and other distributed generation becoming more cost-effective, battery storage, electric vehicles, blockchain peer to peer energy trading through to the potential of multiple retailers supplying energy to a single...
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BMW i3 electric vehicle review: Making savings skating about town

Posted 27 August 2018 by David Spratt

In this exclusive new series of articles, I explore the electric vehicle (EV) options for specific business uses. We are grateful to the car companies* for supplying their EVs to test-drive, charge and parade around Auckland. Part 1: Evaluating the BMW i3 electric vehicle The reality for all businesses is that electric vehicles (EVs) have to deliver on the promise of performance, economics and relevance. Many business vehicles never leave town. Whether they are driven from business to business by busy salespeople or thrashed by couriers, what is required is a car that is reliable,...
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Future Trading Conditions for Energy Market Becoming More Difficult

Posted 4 August 2018 by Richard Gardiner

Until now, articles on the Total Utilities website have always been of direct relevance to the utility markets where we have operated since 1999. In this case, we have included Jonathan Eriksen’s latest quarterly investment commentary below because it puts in wider New Zealand and global context the macroeconomic trading conditions that impact directly and indirectly on the utility providers in New Zealand. I have an economics background and have known Jonathan since I emigrated to New Zealand 25 years ago. He is one of the leading actuaries in the country and his independent...
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Caution urged on New Zealand's 'gung-ho' climate change approach

Posted 24 July 2018 by Richard Gardiner

This excellent article in Energy News says it all for me. A reality check which deserves to be published in the mass media! Unlike New Zealand politicians who are only interested in scientific research that validates their particular view of the world, this acclaimed Cambridge University academic knows what he is talking about and has no ideological axe to grind on Climate Change. - Richard Gardiner, Managing Director, Total Utilities. The following article was originally written by Gavin Evans and published on Energy News Michael Kelly has nothing against walkways and cycle...
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IT Security for New Zealand Businesses – The threat within

Posted 10 July 2018 by David Spratt

Data protection is the process of safeguarding important information from corruption, compromise or loss. Many of us will have watched with some concern the ongoing reports of hacking, ransomware (where a hacker locks or encrypts your company data and demands a ransom before releasing it) and data theft by outside agencies. IT Security Threats Pose New Risks for Owners and Directors As owners and Directors of businesses in this country, we cannot ignore the real risks presented to our companies by theft or destruction of company data. Stricter laws governing Director’s...
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