Fundamentals of the New Zealand Electricity Industry

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The Shocking Truth about Electricity

  • What is it
  • How is it made
  • Types of generators
  • High and low voltage
  • Mains power or batteries
  • Facts and figures

 

The Supply Chain and Who is Who

  • Who are the generators
  • Who are the generators?
  • Transmission, Transpower and its roles
  • 29 Lines companies
    • Who owns them?
    • Why so many?
  • ​38 retailers+
    • What’s a gentailer?

The Distribution Network

  • Distribution vs. Transmission
  • How are networks built
  • Everyone is different
  • Common performance measures


Markets and Financial Transactions

  • Market size
  • Where do the costs lie?
  • What is the Wholesale Market and how does it work?
    • Ancillary services
  • The system operator
  • Spot prices and forward markets
  • Who pays money to wh

 

Electricity Pricing

  • Turbulent history of price setting and balancing
  • Electricity Price Review
  • Current pricing reform
    • Cost reflective pricing
    • TPM – what is it and how will it affect us?

The Customer

  • Often forgotten
  • What do we know about customers?
    • What do they want?
  • Major categories
  • Retail Competition
    • Churn/switching
  • What are their rights
    • Contracts and obligations
  • Who are their advocates?
    • Major Electricity Users Group
    • Consumer NZ
    • Utilities Disputes
    • Grey power

Regulation

  • A regulated and competitive market
    • History of change/reform
    • The Code
  • Electricity Authority (and the Electricity Commission)
  • Commerce Commission
    • Price / Quality
    • Excess profit
  • Utilities Disputes
  • WorkSafe
  • Other regulation

Government Overview

  • An essential service becoming more essential
  • Government policy (and promises)
  • MBIE - the primary Government policy and monitoring agency
  • The role of the politicians

 

The Energy Sector

  • NZ – the lucky country
  • Transport; heat and electricity
  • Energy sectors
  • Climate change and the way forward
  • The third energy transition

Disruptive Technology

  • Transitions – smooth or bumpy?
  • The myths
  • Electric Vehicles – the opportunity and the challenge
  • Solar PV and battery systems – what’s really going on?


 

New Opportunities and Challenges

  • Decarbonisation - the biggest change since electricity was first harnessed
  • Electricity as a major mitigation of climate change
  • The digital utility
  • DERs
  • NZ – what’s happening?
    • Net-Zero
    • The NZ battery project
    • Deindustrialisation
    • Transport and Heat markets progressively convert to renewable electricity
    • Hydrogen
    • Energy Hardship

 

 

 

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  • 4 - 5 Oct 2022
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