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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

COVID-19 and the Geothermal Industry: Level 2 Update

Following our initial article on the effects that this global pandemic has had on our industry, we have  reached out to further companies within the NZGA community to find out how they are coping post-lockdown. Here we talk to Western Energy and Seequent, and learn how things have changed for them this year.   Read More

COVID-19 and the Geothermal Industry

In the matter of a few months, and even just a few weeks, our world is suddenly a very different place. The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has had repercussions throughout the globe, and the geothermal industry is no exception. From power stations to geothermal tourism, there have been major changes in all walks of life, and here we look at how NZ businesses are managing the crisis. Our thanks to Contact Energy, Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village and Mercury for sharing their insights.   Read More

NZ Geothermal Power Generation in 2019

This note briefly updates the New Zealand’s geothermal generation for calendar year 2019.    The latest statistics from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) show geothermal generation increased slightly (0.7%) during calendar 2019 from 7,386 GWh in 2018 to 7,439 GWh in 2019.   Geothermal… Read More