Energy strategy and policy
The Government’s energy strategies set the policy direction and priorities for the New Zealand energy sector and are focused on achieving a productive, low emissions economy.
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 Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS)
NZEECS is EECA’s guiding document. It focuses on the promotion of energy efficiency, energy conservation and renewable energy. It is a companion to the New Zealand Energy Strategy. A five-year national energy efficiency and conservation strategy is required by law.
The strategy is titled “Unlocking our energy productivity and renewable potential.” Its goal is for New Zealand to have an energy productive and low emissions economy. It encourages businesses, individuals and public sector agencies to take actions that will help unlock our renewable energy, and energy efficiency and productivity potential, to the benefit of all New Zealanders.
The strategy’s three priority areas are:
- renewable and efficient use of process heat
- efficient and low-emissions transport
- innovative and efficient use of electricity.
The New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS) 2011-2016 expired in August 2016.