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NZ Geothermal Workshop 2020

The 42nd Geothermal Workshop was held on 24th – 26th November at Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Bay of Islands. After a year of uncertainty, and the cancellation of the NZGA Winter Seminar in August, there was relief all round that the Workshop successfully went ahead. Over 200 in… Read More

2020 NZGA International Geothermal Power Review

Introduction This note provides an annual snapshot of trends in the international geothermal power sector in 2019 for the interest of NZGA members.   This annual review has been delayed due to the extended reporting season caused by COVID-19.   Generation Review  World geothermal generation… Read More

Geothermal: The Next Generation

  For New Zealand to achieve its goal of a carbon-neutral future, geothermal energy needs to be utilised to its full potential. We need to go beyond conventional geothermal techniques to tap deeper, supercritical resources. Geothermal: The Next Generation is a programme led by GNS… Read More

Lasting Effects of the COVID-19 Lockdown

Whilst in New Zealand we have returned to a relatively normal way of life following the COVID-19 lockdown, there are still ongoing effects of the pandemic. In April we invited Mercury to give us insight as to how the lockdown was affecting them. Three months later, we have caught up with them to see what protocols remain as a result of the pandemic, and to examine what the lasting effects of the lockdown look to be.   Mercury Read More

Aluminium and the Energy Industry

The announcement of the impending closure of Rio Tinto’s aluminium smelter has caused disruption within the energy industry, within 13% of national energy demand looking to be exited from the market. Meridian Energy have confirmed that their energy contract with the company is being terminated on 31st August 2021,… Read More

NZGA Seminar 2021: 29th July – Suncourt Hotel, Taupō

Topic: Geothermal in a Low Carbon Future Register on the Eventbrite page here. Programme: Please note, this programme is a draft and subject to change.   Speaker Profiles:   Kennie Tsui CEO New Zealand Geothermal Association Kennie Tsui is the new Chief Executive… Read More

Interview with incoming IGA President, Andy Blair

The International Geothermal Association’s new president, Andy Blair, took on her role at their AGM on 7th June 2020. Andy is co-director of NZ geothermal consultancy firm, Upflow, and having a New Zealander so prominent in the global geothermal community is a fantastic opportunity for all of us. Read More

NZGA Board Meeting May 2020

With the world moving to online meetings, the NZGA’s quarterly board meeting was no exception. From the comfort of our own homes and offices, on May 21st, 24 board members and 3 guest speakers got together via Zoom to discuss the current plans and actions regarding the NZ… Read More