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.

New Zealand Energy Strategy (2011-2021)

The New Zealand Energy Strategy (2011-2021) is the Government’s 10-year plan for the energy sector, aimed at all levels of government.  The overall goal is to make the most of our abundant energy potential, for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

By law, there must always be a 5-year national energy efficiency and conservation strategy. The current plan, the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS), guides EECA’s work on energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy. The plan works in tandem with the government energy strategy, which is advised by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Energy strategy - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000 - New Zealand legislation website

NZEECS sets out six goals:

  • 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.