PracticeGroup: Energy & environment

Market power mitigation in the WEM

This report, jointly written by Sapere and Robinson Bowmaker Paul, has been prepared for the Energy Transformation Taskforce to assist its comprehensive review of whether the existing market power mitigation measures are suitable for the new Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM). Drawing on a series of relevant reviews previously conducted in the WEM, it addresses: the

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Briefing to Incoming Government on Climate Action Priorities

Sapere Director Toby Stevenson and Jeff Smit of DETA Consulting prepared a briefing representing the collective views of the Sustainable Business Council NZ and Climate Leaders Coalition members on climate action priorities. The report sets out 26 recommendations, including three key recommendations, for the incoming government and focuses on policies and projects that will accelerate decarbonisation in New Zealand. The three

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Distributed Energy Resources: Understanding the potential

Sapere was commissioned by Transpower to investigate the potential value of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in a New Zealand context. Transpower is seeking to advance the discussion about how the electricity industry and market may need to evolve with increased penetration of DER. This report broadly considers the value of DER to the New Zealand

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Essential Freshwater Regulations – Industry Impact Analysis

Sapere was engaged by the Ministry for the Environment to assist with an estimation of the potential impact of regulations resulting from the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (2017) and the Essential Freshwater package on the dairy, beef and sheep farming sectors. This report considers the direct agricultural industry impact of the Regulations. The

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Benefits and Costs of the Wilding Pine Management Programme Phase 2 executive summary

Wilding conifers are a serious pest in New Zealand. They reduce productivity and have the potential to cost the New Zealand economy billions of dollars if their spread is not dealt with. In 2018, Sapere Principal Sally Wyatt analysed the cost benefit of a phase of MPI’s Wilding Pine Management Programme. Among her findings is

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Review of governance of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) technical standards

Sapere was retained by Australia’s Energy Security Board to review governance of technical standards for Distributed Energy Resources (DER). Working with engineering experts from Cutler Merz, this work involved extensive stakeholder consultation, desktop research, a survey and a webinar. It resulted in a set of proposals for change. The Review highlights that to date the

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A review of the fiscal cost estimate of moving to averaging accounting for existing forests within the Emissions Trading Scheme

Kieran Murray and Gary Blick of Sapere were asked by the New Zealand Carbon Farming Group to review the estimates of fiscal impact relied upon by Ministers when deciding forests registered in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) before 2019 would not be permitted to use ‘averaging accounting’. They conclude that the accounting treatment underlying the

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What is really driving innovation in our plant-based sectors?

As part of its review of the Plant Varieties Act 1987, the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment commissioned Sapere to complete an independent economic analysis of the Plant Varieties Innovation system. This Sapere report presents an analysis of the innovation systems that sit behind the development and use of plant varieties in New Zealand, and evaluates

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Corporate governance in the transition to a low-carbon economy

In this article, first published in the February/March 2019 edition of the Institute of Directors’ BoardRoom magazine, Sapere Director Toby Stevenson discusses how the transition to a low-carbon economy will change the workplace as a result of firms being forced to adapt their competitive position. Business leaders must approach this issue as any other strategic

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An exploration of locational marginal pricing at the distribution level in the New Zealand context

Sapere Research Group was commissioned by the Electricity Authority to assist its thinking on distribution pricing. They were interested in finding out if distribution locational marginal pricing was possible now, and what was required to support its implementation, both practically and from a regulatory perspective. We found that there are a range of implementation and

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