New Zealand charges ahead with first grid-scale battery storage facility

Utility Mercury hopes to gather key learnings around energy storage as the nation transitions towards a sustainable future

Nuku’alofa granted $6.8m to upgrade electricity network

The aid will help rehabilitate Tonga’s power lines to withstand extreme weather

New Zealand bans all new offshore oil exploration

The government said it will not revoke any existing exploration contracts

New Zealand marks end to coal power

The last two coal-fired power units in New Zealand is to close in the next three years. Genesis Energy said its coal-burning electricity generators at Huntly Power Station will be permanently withdrawn from the market by December 2018. Chief Executive Albert Brantley said one of the reasons is the reduced costs of renewable energy. He […]

Activists march against oil drilling in New Zealand

Hundreds of people marched through central Auckland today to protest against deep sea oil drilling in New Zealand waters. They made their way to SkyCity where the New Zealand Petroleum Summit is being held this week and were opposing potential exploration by Norwegian oil giant Statoil – which is partly sponsoring the event. Activists were […]

Auckland Airport to invest $3bn in energy-saving measures

The largest airport in New Zealand is planning to invest more than $3 million in projects that help reduce its energy use in the next three years. Auckland Airport has set a target of saving six GWh of energy – enough to power around 750 homes annually – and cut carbon emissions by 1,000 tonnes […]

Flower power! Gerbera grower bags green trophy

A Kiwi flower grower has bagged a green trophy for powering its business entirely with off-cuts from its plants. The family-run New Zealand nursery which grows gerberas installed a boiler which runs on its plant waste. K&L Nurseries produces more than two million stems of cut flowers a year and needs constant heat in its […]

New Zealand rows back on carbon cutting target

New Zealand has plumped for a far less ambitious commitment to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions than it originally proposed. The Kiwi nation plans to reduce its emissions to 5% below 1990 levels by 2020, rather than the 10-20% cut it has previously hinted at. Announcing the news last week Climate Change Minister Tim Groser […]

Green light for New Zealand’s ‘largest’ wind farm

Approval has been given for a wind farm in New Zealand, which developers claim could be the “largest” in the country. Genesis Energy received consent for the project from the Environment Court following several months of discussions between the energy firm and local community groups. The Castle Hill wind farm will have 286 turbines, with […]

Solar and balloon-powered 3G internet access

Google has launched a fleet of high altitude solar-powered balloons (pictured) capable of delivering internet access at 3G speeds to specialised antennas on the ground below. Called Project Loon, the idea was developed by the search engine giant’s secretive Google [x] laboratory and is part of the company’s wider strategy of exploring new ways of […]