New Zealand faces unique energy challenges due to its two-island geographic structure and reliance on renewables to supply electricity. The electricity system in Zealand is based on run-of-the-river hydro plants in the North and South Islands, which complement geothermal and wind generation. via Why Demand Response is Right for New Zealand.
Opower, the leading customer engagement solutions provider for the utility industry, today announced that it has partnered with Mercury Energy, one of New Zealand’s largest energy retailers. The partnership with Mercury Energy, a retail operating division of Mighty River Power, will bring Opower’s customer engagement platform to nearly 300,000 customers in New Zealand. This is Continue reading →
If you’re a bit weary of the slugfest over who will win the White House, enter our campaign-free zone where we’re featuring wins of an entirely different sort – our weekly list of smart grid wins. Scroll down and click to page 2 for details on S&C Electric’s win in Brazil, an Opower win in Continue reading →
Managing household appliances with your phone when you’re away from home is just one of the ways smart technology will affect our lives in the future. We’re going to host New Zealand’s first ever Smart Energy Expo at the Town Hall in November, where these kinds of technologies will be on display. via News – Continue reading →
Hawke’s Bay lines company Unison Networks has announced a partnership with Telvent, a global IT solutions provider, to evolve its network management system through Unison’s fibre-based Smart Grid. Unison will be the first lines company in New Zealand to implement its Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS). via Unison joins with Telvent | Hawkes Bay Business Continue reading →
Landis+Gyr has announced that they are to supply Ausgrid with advanced meters for the government’s Smart Grid, Smart City project. “The meters provide consumers with capacity for real-time metering and management of their energy use,” said Steve Jeston, CEO of Landis+Gyr Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. “We are very pleased to partner with Continue reading →
New research dispels concerns that electromagnetic radiation emitted by wireless smart meters poses a health threat. Researchers at the University of Canterbury have found that wireless radiation from smart meters falls well within the New Zealand safety standard for general public exposure levels and is far below the level often encountered from cell phone use. Continue reading →
WEL Networks has selected Silver Spring Networks smart grid platform, with Gen4 networking technology, for a smart grid deployment in the Waikato region of New Zealand. The first phase of the project originally encompassed 10,000 customers but has now been extended to 45,000 for the coming year. Silver Spring is providing advanced metering, distribution automation, Continue reading →
GreenWave Reality, a global innovator in the Smart Home Services market that includes Energy Management, Connected Lighting, and Home Monitoring services, today announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Genesis Energy. Genesis Energy, New Zealand’s leading provider of electricity and gas, is collaborating with GreenWave Reality to develop industry-leading innovative solutions for its Continue reading →
EnerNOC will provide automated demand response (AutoDR) capacity for Genesis Energy on New Zealand’s South Island, building upon EnerNOC’s success with a 100 MW AutoDR in the instantaneous reserves market on New Zealand’s North Island. via New Zealand energy users paid to maintain reliable grid – FierceEnergy.
Contact Energy has contracted Vector subsidiary Advanced Metering Services to install smart meters for up to 150,000 North Island customers over the next three years. via Contact seals deal to install smart meters – Business – NZ Herald News.
Christchurch software firm Cortexo is showing Meridian customers how to save money on their power bills. The power company is trialling Cortexo’s energy-monitoring software for three months, and about 3500 Meridian customers have signed up for the service. Cortexo’s energymonitoring software draws data from Arc Innovation’s smart meters at Meridian Energy customer sites and presents Continue reading →
EnerNOC, a provider of electricity demand response applications and services, has acquired Energy Response, reportedly the largest demand response provider in Australia and New Zealand. The price paid by EnerNOC for the privately held firm was not disclosed. via EnerNOC Acquires Energy Response.
Politicians considering the Electricity Industry Bill are being urged to provide for development of a “smart” electricity grid. Parliament's Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright, told the finance and expenditure committee yesterday that a smart electricity grid was just as important as modern infrastructure like roads and broadband in 21st century New Zealand. via Call Continue reading →