The country's reserve power plant, only to be used in times of power shortages, was activated last week - in the middle of summer - as questions remain over electricity supplies.
Decades-old plans for up to four hydro-electric projects on the Clutha River are being dusted off by Contact Energy, which plans to spend the rest of 2009 hearing what the public thinks about the prospects of dams dotting the landscape throughout Central and South Otago.
Contact Energy had asked the national grid operator as far back as 2003 to investigate a power bottleneck, the Environment Court was told yesterday.
Some of New Zealanders' energy problems could be solved by the hot rocks under their feet, geologists say.
A National government would overturn the ban on new base-load thermal power stations, National leader John Key confirmed today.
Slopedown Wind Farm development manager Doreen Marchesan has set a February 2009 target date for a planning consent to be lodged with Southland District Council.
The first stage of building the world's southern-most wind farm in the Antarctic is complete and work has stopped for the winter.
The Government is urging people to visit its Powerswitch website and make sure they aren't paying more for electricity than they need to during the winter.
New Zealand's export earnings from oil could increase to $30 billion a year by 2025, Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee says.
Claims that contaminated diesel in New Zealand is fouling engines lack substance, the Motor Trade Association (MTA) says.
State-owned Mighty River Power paid its first interim dividend to the Government - $56.2 million for the six months to the end of December - due to a strong performance for the period.
People used less electricity in Dunedin, Central Otago and the Wakatipu last month than in May 2009 as the region enjoyed a warm start to winter.
Otago's first wind farm will be supplying electricity to Dunedin by early next winter, TrustPower chief executive Vince Hawksworth says.
The first blades for a dozen turbines to be installed at TrustPower's Mahinerangi wind farm will arrive for the site this morning.
The arrival from Germany this month of four new transformers at the Transpower high-voltage link at Benmore has given a boost to a $672 million upgrade of the electricity line between the North and South islands.
The chief of one of the country's biggest electricity groups says the danger of power cuts this winter is closer than at any time he can remember.
New Zealand needs more electricity and a new power scheme on the lower Waitaki River would enhance existing generation in the Waitaki Valley and make it more efficient, the Environment Court was told yesterday.
No towers will be built for Transpower's planned grid upgrade in Central Otago.
National MP Nick Smith has written to the Commerce Commission over Meridian Energy's claim it is carbon neutral.
Government agency Energy Safety says it has no concerns over the safety of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL).