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Energy modelling methodology

Up-to-date information on the modelling methods used by the Ministry to produce New Zealand’s Energy Outlook and other energy modelling releases.

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Review of demand forecasting methodology 2011

MED produces and publishes the New Zealand Energy Outlook on an annual basis and includes long-term projections of demand, energy supply and greenhouse gas emissions.

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NZ Generation Data Update 2011

The 2011 NZ Generation Data Update reviews and updates technical and cost data on existing and potential future electricity generating plant in New Zealand.

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Coal prices in New Zealand markets

This report examines the current and expected future prices of coal in New Zealand for domestic and export markets.

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Validation of energy outlook electricity modelling

Energy Link was engaged by MED in March 2010 to undertake “parallel modelling” of MED’s Energy Outlook Reference Scenario, and to comment on MED’s approach to modelling electricity prices in the Reference Scenario.

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Solar photovoltaic energy

This report provides an assessment of the future costs and performance of solar PV technologies in New Zealand.

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Cost and impacts of a transition to hydrogen fuel in New Zealand

This report examines the economics of producing, transporting, and consuming hydrogen vehicle fuel in New Zealand, including greenhouse gas emissions and local environmental impacts.

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Liquid fuels from lignite

This report examines the economics of producing liquid fuels in New Zealand from lignite, including greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts.

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Alternative liquid fuels

This paper examines the global costs, availability, and environmental impacts of alternative liquid fuels that might substitute for fuels made from conventional oil. These include unconventional oil, biofuels, and synthetic liquids from gas and coal.

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Emerging supply-side energy technologies

This report examines discusses the likely costs and availability of thirteen emerging energy supply technologies in New Zealand. The report was prepared for the Ministry by PB Power.

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Heavy Industry Energy Demand

This is an update to a 2006 report that developed projections of energy demand by a number of energy-intensive manufacturing industries in NZ.

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Last updated 29 May 2012