Rising power prices make NZ households biggest losers

We're all about saving you energy and have rounded up the latest solar, climate and energy news so you don't have to.

Solar and batteries

This week we installed the first beta edition of our new breakthrough solarZero home battery. This new Kiwi designed and engineered product has been developed by solarcity and Panasonic over the past three years as part of an ambitious plan to make New Zealand’s power 100% renewable and reduce consumers dependence on the grid. The story was covered by Stuff and Newshub.

Also, this week, we launched a nationwide solar marae project that aims to drive down the cost of power for Māori communities and create employment, while looking out for the environment. The launch at Whangaehu Marae, near Whanganui, was covered by Maori Television.

Greenpeace unveiled a plan called Solarise New Zealand that would see half a million homes solarised over the next 10 years with money currently being used to subsidise the oil and gas industry.

Renewables and fossil fuels

California has set a goal of phasing out electricity produced by fossil fuels by 2045, reports the NZ Herald.

Pioneer Energy currently has two new hydro stations under construction in the South Island and they are expected to be operational by late 2019, reports Stuff.

A full-scale integration of low-carbon and sustainable technologies into the current global economic system, could create financial benefits of more than US$26 trillion through to 2030, reports PV Magazine.

Climate change

The mayors of New York and London are challenging every other city on the planet to join them in divesting from fossil fuels, reports the Guardian.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the world is facing "a direct existential threat" and must rapidly shift from dependence on fossil fuels by 2020 to prevent "runaway climate change", reports the NZ Herald.

Over 250,000 people took part in #RiseforClimate marches around the world over the weekend to urge global leaders to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

New research says that as the climate continues to warm, storms will intensify faster and more often, reports Stuff. And, airports in major cities, often designed before global warming was fully understood, face a threat from rising seas and extreme weather, reports Bloomberg.

Power prices

The government's Electricity Price Review shows Kiwi households are the biggest losers when it comes to the increasing cost of electric power, reports the Otago Daily Times. The discussion document released on Tuesday shows more than 100,000 households are experiencing "energy hardship", spending more than 10 percent of their average income on power, reports RNZ. And families that are being forced to take dramatic action to reduce their power use and bills are profiled in the NZ Herald and Noted.

Electric vehicles

Latest results from an ongoing NZ survey show 77% of electric vehicle owners are extremely satisfied with their low emission cars, scoring them 9 or 10 out of 10, reports Flip the Fleet.