EECA's strategic publications. Documents are ordered by publication date, with the most recent listed first.
Minister’s Letter of Owner’s Expectations 2018-19
The Letter of Owner’s Expectations from the Minister of Energy and Resources to EECA outlines the Government’s priorities for EECA for the 2018-19 financial year.
EECA Performance Improvement Framework Review 2017
The EECA Board commissioned an independent Performance Improvement Framework Review in October 2017 to identify areas for improvement and inform EECA on what it needs to focus on to be a higher performing agency.
The Board has welcomed the PIF review findings which set a clear pathway for the agency. The PIF was timely for EECA as we had started work on our refreshed strategy, and it has helped us to consolidate a picture of where we have been, the challenges we need to address, and what success will look like in four years.
Considerable work has already happened since the review in October 2017, including the development of a draft new strategy and our draft Statement of Intent 2018 – 22. These documents will clearly articulate EECA’s purpose and include our strategic focus areas and related planned activities for the next four years.
The Board has an agreed action plan which responds to the key findings of the PIF review, many of which are already underway and include:
- Maximising the impact of our advice and programmes
- Strengthening relationships with energy sector stakeholders and public agencies
- Building our organisation’s capability and culture to align with our refreshed strategy
- Delivering more authoritative information and advice to the public, businesses, and industry
- Establishing a dedicated monitoring team to improve on our information and insights
- Strengthening EECA’s advisory role on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
We are confident we can meet the challenges set out in the PIF and are committed to delivering on the Government’s priorities for improved energy productivity and the use of renewable energy.
EECA has committed to a further PIF review at the end of 2019 to assess the progress made over the preceding two years.
New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS) - 2017-2022
NZEECS 2017-2022 guides EECA’s work on energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy. It is a companion document to the New Zealand Energy Strategy 2011-2021.
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.
Strategic changes at EECA
EECA is tightening its strategic focus on the best opportunities for energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions across the energy sector.
It will prioritise programmes that will make the biggest difference to New Zealanders, and achieve significant energy efficiency and carbon savings, particularly in carbon-intensive areas such as transport and process heat.
The process started last year, when EECA and MBIE reviewed EECA’s programmes to assess how they fitted with a number of strategic initiatives underway including a refreshed draft New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS 2017-2022) and changes to EECA’s levy funding to focus more on carbon-intensive sectors. EECA also needed to reprioritise $7 million of its funding annually to support the Government’s Electric Vehicle programme with an information campaign and a five year contestable fund to encourage innovative low emission vehicle projects.
The reviews found large-scale, high-impact programmes exceeded performance expectations and have delivered high value for money. They included the home insulation programme, Warm Up New Zealand; EECA Business’s direct engagement with large energy using businesses; and regulation of appliances and products through the trans-Tasman E3 programme. Together these represent approximately 75% of EECA’s total programme investment.
The reviews also identified ways for EECA to ensure it designs, implements and monitors programmes consistently, to provide the best benefits to New Zealand. Work is in train to implement the recommendations, led by Andrew Caseley, who joined EECA as its new Chief Executive in January this year. The review findings have also been endorsed by the Minister in her recent Letter of Owner’s Expectations to EECA.
The stronger focus on process heat and transport means most EECA programmes will be adjusted over time. EECA’s organisational structure will change to reflect the changes above and build capability in programme design and monitoring, while analysis and market delivery will remain core strengths.
As part of tightening its strategic focus, EECA is retiring the ENERGY STAR label and is completing an exit from the Fuel Efficient Tyres programme.
EECA will continue to build on its role as an authority by commissioning and sharing research and data, and developing tools to help consumers and businesses manage their energy use. EECA’s consumer-facing ENERGYWISE brand and Energy Spot are excellent examples of this and will continue to provide expert advice to New Zealanders. This expertise can help people to make sound decisions about emerging technologies and the most beneficial way to use them in New Zealand.