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Private enterprise group leading Northland's energy strategy

posted Jan 27, 2012, 11:34 PM by ema-1 ema-1   [ updated Jan 27, 2012, 11:50 PM ]
"The Northland Energy Forum was set up 18 months ago by energy industry players, generators, lines companies and local government to try to enable economic growth through a reliable, sustainable, diverse and economic supply of energy"

"Mr Hutchinson says the Northland group is keen to remove barriers to – and change attitudes towards – economic development opportunities associated with energy and has now published a 24-page strategic plan outlining its vision for the region"

"This is believed to be the first time in New Zealand where private enterprise has led the process for a regional energy strategy; generally development of these strategies is led by local government. It’s been gratifying to see major New Zealand corporates interested and willing to invest time and resources into Northland in this way"

The forum's aims include supporting energy efficiency improvement project(s) in the residential, commercial, industrial or transport sector.

The forum's goals include developing a centre of energy excellence with reference to efficiency and renewability by 2021, and the region developing a showcase and energy business hub having trialled and successfully implemented new energy technology, by 2041.

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