EECA consulting on use of levy for electricity efficiency

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) is consulting electricity users on its plans to deliver electricity efficiency improvements in the commercial, industrial and residential sectors, using the electricity levy.

"Electricity efficiency directly helps our economy, by helping consumers reduce energy bills, and our businesses achieve greater productivity," EECA Chief Executive Mike Underhill says.

"The savings made through investing in electricity efficiency also helps all consumers by deferring generation investment, and putting a downward pressure on prices."

EECA proposes to keep the appropriation at $13 million for the 2014/15 year - the same as the two previous years - while delivering more electricity efficiency savings.

EECA proposes to use the levy to improve electricity efficiency in the following areas:

Motorised systems in industry
Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC), lighting and refrigeration in commercial buildings
Residential lighting
Standards and labelling for electrical equipment and appliances

Since 2006, levy-funded electricity efficiency programmes have delivered savings valued at $635 million, from an investment of $98 million. This includes a peak demand reduction estimated at 530 MW.

The electricity efficiency proposals are part of a joint consultation paper on the 2014 /15 annual appropriations released by the Electricity Authority and EECA. This also includes a report on EECA's work funded by the electricity levy in 2012/13.

The paper covers all Electricity Authority appropriations and those EECA and Ministry of Consumer Affairs activities that are funded by the levy on industry participants.

The appropriation consultation period starts on 10 September 2013 and submissions close at 5pm on 22 October 2013.

Submissions on the electricity efficiency component of the levy should be directed to EECA. Email

The consultation documents are available on the Electricity Authority website.


Media enquiries:

Jane O’Loughlin, Communications Manager, EECA

Phone: 04 470 2421 or 027 445 5975