Research Project aims to help design energy networks of the future

Friday, June 05, 2020

New Zealanders are being asked their views on everything from electric vehicles and rooftop solar, to home battery storage systems, as part of a cutting-edge plan to understand and enable emerging energy ecosystems.

As New Zealand begins planning towards Net Carbon Zero 2050, Kiwis are being asked to share their thoughts on how they expect their household energy use to change during the next few years as part of a project by Powerco’s Network Transformation team to help design the energy networks of the future.

Network Transformation Manager Nicolas Vessiot said it was clear many New Zealanders had embraced and enjoyed the benefits of investments in electric vehicles, rooftop PV, and a smaller number were now assessing battery storage systems.

“We want to learn from people who have invested in these technologies to understand how they use them.

“We also want to hear from people thinking about investing in these technologies over the next few years to help forecast what changes we’ll need to make on New Zealand’s networks to enable the changes to come.”

Vessiot said the information would be used to assist in planning and design of changes to the energy networks supplying more than 446,000 homes and businesses across the North Island.

“We use a lot of external data to guide decision making on the way we develop energy infrastructure including statistics New Zealand population forecasts, economic forecasts, district plans and direct feedback from major energy users.

“The additional data we are seeking through this project will help fine tune our plans around both the rate at which these technologies will be adopted in Aotearoa and also the way Kiwi households plan to use them.”


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