Power Factor: Dark Arts and Wizardry?

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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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Solar in a Renewable Based Energy Market

Posted 12 June 2018 by Chris Hargreaves

It is well known that in New Zealand, energy generation is largely renewable. Around 65% of generation is hydro-based mainly in the South Island and around 15% is geothermal based through the central to the eastern side of the North Island. In the following series of articles, we will look at the pros and cons of commercial solar installations in the New Zealand market. During the last National-led Government, there was little emphasis placed on increasing the uptake of large-scale Solar (with the current Labour-led Government this may change) as it was seen merely as converting from one...
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Cost Savings Stack Up on Electric Vehicles

Posted 12 June 2018 by David Spratt

In this fourth and final article evaluating whether electric vehicles are a fad or the future, I conclude they are indeed the future. I can feel the cold chill of the climate change deniers and petrol heads breathing down my collar as I write. I love a grunty V8 as much as the next Kiwi. But the words, “Show me the money”, aren’t restricted to a Tom Cruise movie. Yes, there are issues around the distance range, price and style options of electric vehicles (EVs). Yes, you will require a three-phase electricity supply if you want to charge your EV in less than eight hours....
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Plenty of power for electric cars in NZ

Posted 9 May 2018 by David Spratt

In this Part III examining whether electric vehicles (EVs) are a fad or really are the future, we consider the implications for the supply of electricity and more. What happens when New Zealand stops importing oil and substitutes it with hydro, geothermal, solar and wind energy to make our cars and trucks work? To start with, New Zealand would move from a current account deficit to a budget surplus. That’s good news all round. Save money on oil, save the planet, sleep easy at night. Except… There are 3.9 million registered cars and trucks in New Zealand. They consume $11.8...
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How energy data will transform your operations

Posted 9 May 2018 by Chris Hargreaves

Many businesses begin collecting energy data as a means of saving energy – and energy costs. While this remains one of the greatest benefits of energy data analysis, its appeal does not start nor end with direct financial considerations. In fact, focusing only on energy savings has led to an underestimation of the full value of data-backed energy management in global economies. Across all sectors – from manufacturing to retail to healthcare – organisations are harnessing the operational efficiency benefits that result from energy data like never before by: Assembling and...
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Driving Decisions on Buying Electric Vehicles

Posted 4 April 2018 by David Spratt

Last month’s article on electric vehicles elicited responses ranging from “hippy, coombyah, PC, Greenie horse poo” through to “Where can I get one of these gosh darn, new-fangled, electric buggies?”. Thanks to you all for your feedback. Rather than take sides in the debate about whether or not we should be buying electric vehicles, let’s examine the drivers that inform the decisions we will all make around which vehicles our companies buy. Price Electric vehicles are expensive. Buying electric vehicles today, we can expect to pay BMW prices for Corolla performance. As...
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