Monday, 27 February 2017

New Zealand's energy policy should focus on efficiency, smart grids: IEA

New Zealand's electricity transmission system [source: IEA's New Zealand 2017 review] New Zealand's electricity transmission system [source: IEA's New Zealand 2017 review]

Economic growth and an expanding population are going to pose a challenge for New Zealand from an energy perspective, requiring increased efforts in terms of both technology and policy, the International Energy Agency said.

In its latest New Zealand 2017 review of energy policies in the country, IEA stressed that despite New Zealand having long been “a global leader in developing effective energy markets, renewable energy and establishing robust policies for electricity security”, over the past decade its growing energy needs have “outpaced improvements in energy efficiency, mainly because of the country’s expanding economy and growing population.”

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