EECA consulting on use of levy for electricity efficiency

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) is proposing to use the electricity levy to make electricity efficiency improvements in the commercial, industrial and residential sectors in the 2015/16 financial year.

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

"The savings made through investing in electricity efficiency also help all consumers by putting a downward pressure on wholesale prices."

EECA's electricity efficiency programmes, which are funded from the levy, are designed so that they generate savings that cost significantly less than investment in new generation.

A proposed levy appropriation of $13 million for 2015/16 is the same amount as this year.

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

  • The industrial and commercial business sectors, with tailored advice to encourage a strategic and long term approach to energy management
  • The commercial sector, including NABERSNZ ratings for commercial buildings, standards and labelling for commercial products, and uptake of commercial lighting technologies
  • The industrial sector, including motor systems, and minimum energy performance standards for motors, pumps, fans and air compressors
  • The residential sector, including lighting, water and space heating, electrical products and appliances.

The electricity efficiency proposals are part of a joint consultation paper on the 2015/16 annual appropriations released by the Electricity Authority and EECA.

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.

A report on EECA's work funded by the electricity levy in 2013-2014 is available, and included in the consultation paper.

The appropriation consultation period commences on 29 October 2014 and submissions close at 5pm on 12 December 2014.

Submissions on the electricity efficiency component of the levy should be directed to EECA. Email levyconsultation@eeca.govt.nz

The consultation document is available on the EA website.

Media enquiries:

Jane O’Loughlin, Communications Manager, EECA

Phone: 04 470 2421 or 027 445 5975

Email: jane.oloughlin@eeca.govt.nz