What we do

We work to improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand homes and businesses, and encourage the uptake of renewable energy.

Our mission

We are working to make New Zealand a better place to live – economically, environmentally and socially – through the better use of energy.

Our work

We influence energy use across the economy by working towards:

  • warm, dry and energy efficient homes
  • efficient, safe and low carbon transport
  • efficient, competitive and low carbon business.

We work through a combination of direct intervention, such as funding for home insulation, and influence, such as marketing, behaviour change and expert advice.

Our programmes

How we make a difference

EECA’s work helps to unlock many benefits for New Zealand, such as:

  • Reducing carbon emissions, to support New Zealand’s climate change commitments
  • Improving business productivity and competitiveness
  • Improving people’s health due to warmer, drier homes
  • Saving people money by helping them be more efficient at home and on the road

Our governance

EECA is a Crown Entity established under The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000.

The Act meant that for the first time, New Zealand had a legal basis for promoting energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000 - New Zealand legislation website

Our monitoring agency is the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), which advises the Government on energy policy.

 Our Board

 Our people

Our goals and progress

We publish our goals for the medium term in a Statement of Intent and track our progress through the Annual Report. We also publish an annual report on the funds used for electricity efficiency, appropriated through the Electricity Levy.

The Government sets our longer-term goals in the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS).

Other corporate and strategic publications

Our websites

We have three main websites:

  • EECA website - information about how we support and promote energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the use of renewable sources of energy in New Zealand
  • ENERGYWISE website - information about how to make energy savings at home and on the road
  • EECA BUSINESS website - information for your organisation about saving energy and using renewable energy sources.

 Our websites

Our programmes

We run programmes in the residential, business and transport sectors that support energy efficiency, carbon emissions reduction and the use of renewable energy sources.

We actively look to other jurisdictions for effective ideas and conduct research to predict their success in a New Zealand context. We trial programmes, measure results and review our approach to ensure we are using our resources effectively.

 Our programmes

Our levy funding

The Crown recovers some of EECA’s funding through a levy on electricity industry participants (generators, wholesalers, distributors and retailers) to fund electricity efficiency improvements. In 2017/18, the Crown also intends to recover funding through the Petroleum or Engine Fuels Monitoring Levy (PEFML) and the gas levy.

EECA uses levy funding to run programmes directly linked to the source of funding. For example, in 2015/16, electricity efficiency levy funds were used for our efficient products programme and business programmes targeting electricity efficiency.

EECA carries out an annual consultation process to ask stakeholders and the public for their views about the levy.

2016/17 consultation - Electricity Authority website

Energy Link study 2015

This independent report models the future impact of EECA’s electricity efficiency programmes on wholesale electricity prices. A new approach to the analysis found the modelled carbon mitigation impact of EECA programmes from 2016/17 onwards was significantly higher (180,000 tonnes p.a.) than EECA’s historical estimates (56,00 tonnes p.a.).

New Zealand Electric Energy Efficiency Potential Study

Opportunities for electricity savings in New Zealand are identified through a number of means. This study by KEMA in 2007 looked at the electric energy efficiency potential in New Zealand's residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

Funding and support from EECA

Some of our programmes offer funding, services and resources to support energy management in homes, businesses and on the road.

 Funding and support

Our research

We conduct and collate research to build a sound analytical basis for our work. We set standards for products and monitor their performance to help conserve New Zealand’s energy and save you money. We look for new ways to use less energy and benefit the environment.

 Research, publications and resources