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Energy

Ministry for the Environment

The Ministry is actively involved in the energy sector. We are charged with several elements of the government’s Climate Change programme, including coordinating cross government policy development. We are also involved through the development of national instruments and guidance including the National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Generation 2011 and National Environmental Standards for Electricity Transmission Activities.

The National Policy Statement for Renewable Electricity Generation 2011 sets out an objective and policies to enable the sustainable management of renewable electricity generation under the Resource Management Act 1991.  It complements the New Zealand Energy Strategy and New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy.

The National Environmental Standards for Electricity Transmission Activities set out a national framework of permissions and consent requirements for activities on existing electricity transmission lines. Activities include the operation, maintenance and upgrading of existing lines.

The Ministry works with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and The Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority as required.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) advises the government on energy supply and demand, energy efficiency, conservation and the use of renewable energy sources. MBIE also led a large group of agencies in delivering the New Zealand Energy Strategy.

MBIE works with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and also monitors its performance under the Public Finance Act.

In addition, MBIE is the primary advisor on the operation and regulation of specific markets and industries, including energy.

For more information visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)

EECA was established as a Crown entity under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000. It promotes energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the use of renewable sources of energy in a sustainable manner. EECA also develops and implements the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy.

For more information visit the EECA website.

Last updated: 8 February 2013