This annual publication provides information on and analysis of New Zealand’s energy sector including statistics on supply, transformation, and demand. The 2018 calendar year was a significant year for New Zealand’s energy sector. Despite increased coal-fired electricity generation during the gas outage, the share of renewable sources in electricity generation and total energy supply both increased in 2018. International energy prices play a key role in New Zealand’s energy system. Higher prices for commodities saw increased domestic petrol prices and greater coal exports. Other developments in New Zealand saw the Electricity Price Review (EPR) commissioned, and the establishment of the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC).
Quick facts for 2018
- 40% of New Zealand's primary energy supply came from renewable sources.
- New Zealand produced enough energy to meet 75% of its energy requirements.
- There were 164 publically available EV fast chargers at the end of 2018.
- Potential new wind generation capacity is equivalent to 45% of current national hydro capacity.
- Total residential solar PV capacity was 75MV at the end of 2018.