New Zealand Wind Energy Association 2020 AGM

The Association's Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 28th October 2020 in Wellington.

At the AGM the Association's financial statements were approved and presentations were given by Blair Walter (Chair) and Grenville Gaskell (Chief Executive). The presentations covered NZWEA’s strategy, an update on international trends, recent Association activities and future priorities.

This year Suzannah Toulmin, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Change Team Leader, Energy Transitions was our guest speaker.

Suzannah presented on Accelerated Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (AREEE) Strategy Development.

Her presentation included a summary of recently announced Government actions to support the development of renewables and industry responses to their AREEE consultation document which detailed a number of options to enable a transition to a low-emissions energy future. She also summarised the work programme and timeline for the Climate Change Commission’s development of emission reduction budgets and how their work linked with that of MBIE. Recent changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme were also summarised.

The Government’s NZ Battery Project, future energy mix and off-shore wind were areas that resulted in considerable discussion.

Thanks to members who were able to attend and for those who could not presentations are available here: