Energy strategy and policy

The Government’s goal is to grow the New Zealand economy to deliver greater prosperity, security and opportunities for all New Zealanders.

One of Government’s high-level priorities, as outlined in the Business Growth Agenda, is to build a more competitive and productive economy. One of the inputs into this is improving energy efficiency and use of renewable energy to raise productivity, reduce carbon emissions and promote consumer choice.

Business Growth Agenda - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website

New Zealand Energy Strategy (2011-2021)

The New Zealand Energy Strategy (2011-2021) sets the strategic direction for the energy sector and the role energy will play in the New Zealand economy.  The overall goal is to make the most of our abundant energy potential, for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

The New Zealand Energy Strategy 2011-2021 sets out four priority areas:
•    Diverse resource development (including renewable energy)
•    Environmental responsibility
•    Efficient use of energy
•    Secure and affordable energy

New Zealand Energy Strategy (2011-2021) - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website

New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS)

By law, there must always be a five-year national energy efficiency and conservation strategy. The New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy, a companion to the New Zealand Energy Strategy, is specifically focused on the promotion of energy efficiency, energy conservation and renewable energy and guides EECA’s work.

NZEECS 2011-2016

The New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS) 2011-2016 expired in August 2016 (though it continues until a replacement strategy is made). Work is underway to replace it with a NZEECS covering the period 2017 to 2022.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000 - New Zealand legislation website

The NZEECS 2011-2016 set out six objectives:

  • Transport - a more energy efficient transport system that uses more diverse fuels and technologies.
  • Business - enhanced business growth and competitiveness from energy intensity improvements.
  • Homes - warm, dry and energy efficient homes for better health.
  • Products - higher sales of energy efficient products.
  • Electricity system - an efficient, renewable electricity system supporting New Zealand’s global competitiveness.
  • Public sector - Greater value for money from the public sector through increased energy efficiency. 

Replacement with a new NZEECS 2017-2022

In March 2016, the Hon Simon Bridges, Minister of Energy and Resources, gave notice to replace the NZEECS 2011-2016 with a new strategy. Work on a new draft strategy is underway. Later in 2016, the draft strategy will be publicly notified and public submissions sought.

Replacement of the NZEECS 2011-2016 – Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment website