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.”
Implementation of gas network codes by European countries as part of the gas regional initiative (GRI) showed a disconnect between progress in the south region and the south-southeast region, with the latter showing a somewhat slower progress in 2016.
It emerged from the Gas regional initiative status review report 2016 published in February by the Agency for the cooperation of energy regulators (ACER).
The EU has “continued to make good progress on delivering the Energy Union objectives” in recent years, in particular on the 2020 energy and climate targets, having already achieved its 2020 final energy consumption target, according to the Second Report on the State of the Energy Union issued by the European Commission on February 1.
UK energy regulator Ofgem and the UK Government have announced plans to create greater separation between the system operator role performed by National Grid and the rest of the National Grid group.
As part of that, Ofgem has published a consultation for a legally separate electricity system operator to be established within National Grid.