Posts Tagged energy efficiency

Big risks in avoiding corporate sustainability

Posted 20 January 2020 by Chris Hargreaves

Your corporate sustainability targets might be in for a shock! Prior to Christmas, the Government announced a raft of proposed changes to the emissions trading scheme (ETS) to rapidly decarbonise the economy. This included lifting the ETS price cap from $25/tonne to $50/tonne and creating a market floor of $20/tonne. If we take natural gas as an example, where at $25/tonne the ETS is priced at $1.37, at the market cap of $50/tonne this would increase the cost of the ETS to end users by $1.37/GJ (0.49c/kWh). With current raw gas pricing hovering around $9/GJ for large...
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How efficient, sustainable energy innovations could boost your brand

Posted 9 January 2020 by Chris Hargreaves

Research shows that using low-carbon energy solutions can improve your reputation – helping make the case for sustainable energy innovation. Deloitte recently published The Global Millennial Survey. This reinforced a number of other surveys that concluded that brands with a strong corporate social responsibly and sustainability plan will attract a higher caliber pool of prospective employees and a large range of engaged customers. 42% of those surveyed stated that they would start and or deepen a relationship with business who has products/services that positively impact the...
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Tech That Keeps The Planet Cool

Posted 31 July 2019 by David Spratt

I lit my first fire at home for the year on the unusual date of May 31, just one day before the official beginning of winter. I live in the sunny north side of Auckland, but I would have expected to see my dog sleeping in front of the fire by around late April. There are some of us who believe that to the detriment of future generations the planet is suffering from global warming and others who feel that the scientific consensus is still a long way from being agreed. Either way, I do believe there is a general accord that we can’t keep consuming the planet’s resources at the rate...
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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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Leaking air, leaking bottom line: top money-saving tips

Posted 12 December 2017 by Chris Hargreaves

The following was published in the NZ Herald 25th of November 2017 and includes energy tips from Total Utilities' own Pushkar Kulkarni who reveals how leaking air wastes money. Four energy experts offer top tips to save money Running an air-conditioning unit at full tilt to cool down one part of a building, while a boiler blazes away to heat another part of that same building, sounds like madness - but it's surprisingly common in New Zealand's commercial buildings. It's just one of the ways businesses are squandering energy, and therefore money, in the course of their day-to-day...
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Sustainable cost reductions – No, I’m not talking price

Posted 5 December 2017 by Chris Hargreaves

Cost reduction in the energy market through procurement has been relatively easy in the last few years. Flat national demand, solid hydro storage, increased retailer competition and participation in the ASX market has led to competitive commercial contracts that have allowed many customers to save money without changing what they are doing. While an immediate impact, it is not sustainable. Fixed price contracts are typically only 2-3 years in length and only relate to +/- 65% of a total bill, changes in transmission and distribution pricing is passed through at cost by the retailers and...
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Improve Operations in 3 Steps

Posted 12 May 2017 by Chris Hargreaves

Effective energy management is the foundation of operational excellence. As businesses strive to reduce product costs, improve processes and optimise asset reliability; the missing link is often energy data and visibility into energy usage at the system level. Leading companies are realising that effective energy management can lead to better understanding of productivity losses in production, predictive analytics for asset failures and data analysis in energy consumption at the system level. Historically obtaining useful energy data has been extremely...
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Energy Advisors – Friends or Foes?

Posted 7 October 2016 by Chris Hargreaves

Following a recent article on energy advisors published on LinkedIn by Energy Action CEO Scott Wooldridge, similar considerations apply to the New Zealand Market. Correlations between the Australian and New Zealand energy markets Similar to Australia, for a number of years now energy retail margins have been squeezed significantly due to increased market participation and retail options, increased fluidity in the ASX market and subdued energy demand leading to a lack of requirement for more generation capacity. Since late 2012 when over the counter retail prices dropped by around 20% to...
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Energy Productivity through valuable Partnerships

Posted 14 June 2016 by Chris Hargreaves

The 2016 Energy Management Association of New Zealand conference was recently held in Auckland. This was attended by myself and Pushkar Kulkarni from Total Utilities along with Dr Paul Bannister from Energy Action. Paul was presenting as part of the speaker programme. His presentation can be found here along with his review of the event here. Productivity and partnerships The program consisted of 30 speakers over two days. Overwhelmingly this year’s theme was on productivity and partnerships, the New Zealand productivity commission gave energy management a pass mark but added comments of...
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Here’s to Kiwi Ingenuity

Posted 13 June 2016 by Dr Paul Bannister

As the New Zealand agents for Energy Action we are able extend our vast market knowledge, expertise and business and financial analytics to Trans-Tasman customers. The following is a guest post written by Dr Paul Bannister from Energy Action regarding the recent Energy Management Association of New Zealand conference that he recently attended along with Total Utilities. I spent most of last week in NZ attending the Energy Management Association of New Zealand conference, and was once more reminded of how well the Kiwis do some things. For starters, there was the conference itself....
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