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A flexible system is a cheaper system

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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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