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Cortexo and Our Energy: getting it, together

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Aug 2021

Cortexo and Our Energy: getting it, together

Why we’re collaborating and an open invitation to join us Our Energy and Cortexo believe that Aotearoa New Zealand’s electricity industry (and energy sector generally) is not moving fast enough to adapt to changes demanded by customers and the planet. Even without the obvious need to reduce carbon which requires significant electrification, there is snail-pace acceptance of an electricity supply chain that is turning inside out, one plug point at a time. The energy system of the future will be electric and led by customers, not companies. Households and businesses will be power stations; they will provide flexibility and ancillary services to the market; and, from a market point of...

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Multiple electricity services at your door

28

Jul 2021

Multiple electricity services at your door

Wouldn’t it be good if you could purchase your electricity from one electricity retailer but sell your solar generation (or battery storage) to a different one? Or maybe be part of a community energy scheme that also allows you to continue accessing electricity from your normal retailer when the community scheme doesn’t provide everything you need. Maybe, when you buy your EV and get a charger installed, there is a specialist EV charging company that can provide very cheap power for EV charging through a deal it has with a large global EV manufacturer whose leader likes space travel? How is this different from what we have now? Well, as...

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A flexible system is a cheaper system

03

Jul 2021

A flexible system is a cheaper system

Very surprised, shocked, and somewhat embarrassed (as well as very chuffed) to have received the Sustainable Energy Association of NZ (SEANZ) award for the “Industry Person of 2021” at last nights awards dinner in Hamilton. Thanks also to Fronius for sponsoring the SEANZ awards. I think there are lots of “industry people” like me who are advocating for a more rapid response to the Climate Change Commission report on the need for electrification of transport and process heat. To achieve this we need Clear policy leadership to coordinate the transition and hold everyoneaccountable. A long term view which focuses on the things which set the criticalpath. Being inclusive and making...

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Meeting the proposed carbon budgets will require heavy lifting by the electricity system and market

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Feb 2021

Meeting the proposed carbon budgets will require heavy lifting by the electricity system and market

Meeting the carbon budgets proposed by the Climate Commission requires a fit-for-purpose electricity system and market able to cope with the heavy lifting required for rapid electrification and uptake of renewable, distributed energy resources (DER). What we have now is not fit-for-purpose and will struggle to bear the load (yes, that’s a pun for all our electrical engineer friends out there!). Current electricity market settings reflect how we have used electricity and energy; not how we are and will. The Climate Commission calls for a clear government-level energy strategy by June 2023 to show how to meet the proposed carbon budgets. Taking this long to have a plan to develop...

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