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June 2021

SEF Seminar.

The topics discussed in the Seminar immediately following the AGM followed on from articles in EnergyWatch 84, recently issued. They included:

  • The dry year myth
  • A Security of Supply Service for Huntly power station
  • Torrefied Wood fuel for Huntly power station
  • The Lake Onslow concept is fatally flawed
  • Hydrogen planes won't get off the ground
  • EVs are a costly way to reduce CO2 emissions




PDF (453KB)

May 2020

SEF Submission: New Regional Landfill at Wayby Valley

SEF considers that the proposal to transport Auckland waste to the new site by trucks travelling up the Dome Valley road poses a grave threat to road transport safety, road utilisation and maintenance, and is environmentally unsound. An alternative of a new spur branch line from near Wayby Station to the waste reception area on the new site, is proposed.




PDF (686KB)

October 2019

SEF Submission: Transmission Pricing Methodology: 2019 Issues Paper

SEF contends that the proposed transmission pricing methodology is anti-competitive. The stated intention is to ensure consumers invest "for the right reasons, not to avoid and shift transmission charges." Transmission represents only a tenth of the residential power bill. SEF contends that the real aim is to promote electricity demand, especially peak demands. SEF also contends that this TPM proposal is incompatible with Government's climate-change objectives. The proposal relies on building new peaking stations which are gas- or diesel-fired.




PDF (147KB)

July 2019

Climate Change response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill Submission

The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill ("ZCB") is a great start toward assisting the citizens of New Zealand to start reducing emissions. SEF agrees that the proposed goal must be to align New Zealandâs climate policies with the internationally agreed target of limiting global warming to a maximum of 1.5 °C.




PDF (179KB)

February 2017

National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy Submission

In brief, NZ is falling woefully behind other countries in efforts to raise energy efficiency and energy productivity. NZ is very slow in taking actions to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG). NZ is not aggressively working to implement or adapt to the use of new technologies. These factors are impacting negatively on NZ's potential economic growth, whilst they also reveal planning to fail to meet NZ's climate change obligations.

SEF believes New Zealand must do better. To achieve better results the actions and targets included in the strategy must change.




PDF (87KB)

July 2012

Molly Melhuish seminar presentation

The Mixed Ownership Model cannot support sustainable energy in New Zealand. In this presentation Molly showed how electricity market rules have led to high domestic prices and suppressed sustainable energy options. She concluded that re-regulation would be required to overcome market failure, and discussed strategies how to achieve that.




PDF (1.87MB)

July 2012

Geoff Bertram seminar presentation

Electricity prices, asset values, regulation and renewables. In his analysis of the economics mechanisms at work in the electricity sector, Geoff identified some measures that could be theoretically be implemented to promote a sustainable energy future including:

  • Writing off of excess revaluations of assets above original costs;
  • Progressive pricing such as giving consumers 300 kWh/month under the standing charge before per unit charging starts;
  • Taxing windfall profits arising from the Carbon Charge etc.; and
  • Incentives for new small scale distributed generation initiatives

However, such mechanisms would need to be in place before partial transfer of ownership took place, because they would be much harder, if not impossible, to implement after asset sales.




PDF (639KB)

September 2010

Stephan Heubeck seminar presentation

Stephan Heubeck, on behalf of REFIT-NZ, sets out the general benefits of Feed-in Tariffs from an international perspective.




PDF (1.11MB)

September 2010

Steve Goldthorpe seminar presentation

Steve Goldthorpe identifies barriers to the implemention of FiTs in the context of the current competitive electricity market in New Zealand.




PDF (85KB)

January 2010

Minister of Transport Responds to SEF's Open Letter on Transport

The Minister of Transport, Steven Joyce, has responded to SEF's Open Letter on Transport (available on this site here). According to the Minister, "The government considers that road users will not sacrifice personal mobility, even in light of higher oil prices". Read the full text of the Minister's response here.





November 2009

SEF Seminar on Electric Vehicles 6 Nov 2009

  1. Recent developments in electric vehicle technology, by Doug Clover.
  2. Greenhouse consequences of electric vehicles in New Zealand, by Steve Goldthorpe.
  3. Use of electricity for transport: An overview, by Tim Jones.
  4. Understanding electric vehicles in New Zealand, by Hayden Scott-Dye.




1.  PDF (610KB)

2. PDF (70KB)

3. PDF (87KB)

4. PDF (5.37MB)


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