Olive Bain was so thrilled with the energy savings from her solar hot water system she thought everyone should have one.
It's official. Dunedin is the worst place in New Zealand in which to take advantage of free heat from the sun. Our solar radiation figures fall way below North Island and Central Otago urban centres, although there is some consolation - we rate better than Scott Base in Antarctic. So is it worth installing a solar hot water system in Dunedin? Reporter Allison Rudd investigates.
Australia is sitting on an "inexhaustible" source of energy, scientists say - and they're not talking about coal.
Government agency Energy Safety says it has no concerns over the safety of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL).
A National government would overturn the ban on new base-load thermal power stations, National leader John Key confirmed today.
Electricity generator Mighty River Power has been urged to spill water from its dam at Lake Karapiro to help the upper Waikato River hydro system store for rain from a big storm expected to hit on Friday.
The Electricity Commission says it is likely to approve Transpower's proposal to spend nearly $700 million on an upgrade of the crucial electricity link across Cook Strait by 2012.
The cumulative effects of the Mahinerangi wind farm and others around New Zealand needed to be considered before a decision could be made about Project Hayes, Environment Court judge Jon Jackson said in Cromwell yesterday.
The Environment Court wants TrustPower to look again at its $400 million Mahinerangi wind farm project, saying it is not confident 100 turbines can be accommodated on the 1723ha site.
Contact Energy fees for fault visits, reconnections and disconnections, and metering fees are set to rise between 11% and 31% in September.
New Zealand wholesale spot power prices more than halved over the past week, the third consecutive weekly fall, as heavy rain boosted hydro lake levels and authorities called an end to a power-saving campaign.
Electricity grid operator Transpower has been given interim approval for an upgrade of the West Coast's electricity supply.
Contact Energy will lower Lake Hawea below its statutorily imposed minimum level of 338m above sea level in the next few days, and says it will use the extra water very carefully.
An Auckland businessman and some private investors say they have found a way to generate all the power New Zealand is ever likely to need without depleting natural resources.
The man overseeing the country's winter power supply is cautiously confident the country will get through winter without any electricity cuts.
The United Kingdom-based BG Group has delivered a hostile $NZ17.5 billion takeover bid for Australian company Origin Energy, which owns a 51.4% stake in major New Zealand electricity generator Contact Energy.
All the major players in the electricity industry, including the Government, are avoiding the phrase "power crisis" to describe the current shortage of water in the country's hydroelectricity storage lakes.
Rainfall in the southern hydroelectricity lake areas is "good news" even though it was not as much as first hoped, Raineffects hydrologist Dave Stewart says.
Picture this - a frosty winter's evening, relaxing in front of the heater, the electric blanket is warming up the bed and a roast is simmering away in the oven.
The Government launched a strategy today which will mean lights out for old-style bulbs as it seeks to reduce lighting energy consumption by 20 percent by 2015.