About EECA - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act New Zealand
Updated: Jul 14, 2019
EECA is the government agency that works to improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand's homes and businesses, and encourages the uptake of renewable energy.
We work to improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand homes and businesses, and encourage the uptake of renewable energy.
Under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, EECA is charged with promoting energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy. We are mobilising New Zealander's to be world leaders in clean and clever energy use.
Mobilising New Zealanders to be world leaders in clean and clever energy use.
Our strategic focus areas
We influence energy use across the economy with a focus on the following goals:
Productive and low-emissions businessEfficient and low-emissions transportEnergy efficient homesGovernment leadershipEngage hearts and minds
We work through a combination of direct intervention, expert advice and influence, funding for home insulation, marketing and behaviour change.
How we make a difference
EECA’s work helps to unlock many benefits for New Zealand, such as:
Reducing carbon emissions, to support New Zealand’s climate change commitmentsImproving business productivity and competitivenessImproving people’s health due to warmer, drier homesSaving people money by helping them be more efficient at home and on the road.
EECA is a Crown Entity established under The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2000.
The Act meant that for the first time, New Zealand had a legal basis for promoting energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy.
Our goals and progress
We publish our goals for the medium term in a Statement of Intent and report on our progress through the Annual Report. We also publish a report each year on the funds used for EECA’s work on energy efficiency and use of renewable energy from levies collected in the electricity, gas, petrol and engine fuel sectors.
The Government sets our longer-term goals in the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NZEECS).
We have three main websites:
EECA website - information about how we support and promote energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the use of renewable sources of energy in New ZealandENERGYWISE website - information about how to make energy savings at home and on the roadEECA BUSINESS website - information for your organisation about saving energy and using renewable energy sources.
We run programmes in the residential, business and transport sectors that support energy efficiency, carbon emissions reduction and the use of renewable energy sources.
We actively look to other jurisdictions for effective ideas and conduct research to predict their success in a New Zealand context. We trial programmes, measure results and review our approach to ensure we are using our resources effectively.
Our levy funding
The Crown recovers some of EECA’s funding through a levy on electricity industry participants (generators, wholesalers, distributors and retailers) to fund electricity efficiency improvements. In 2017/18, the Crown also intends to recover funding through the Petroleum or Engine Fuels Monitoring Levy (PEFML) and the gas levy.
EECA uses levy funding to run programmes directly linked to the source of funding. For example, in 2015/16, electricity efficiency levy funds were used for our efficient products programme and business programmes targeting electricity efficiency.
EECA carries out an annual consultation process to ask stakeholders and the public for their views about the levy.
New Zealand Electric Energy Efficiency Potential Study
Opportunities for electricity savings in New Zealand are identified through a number of means. This study by KEMA in 2007 looked at the electric energy efficiency potential in New Zealand's residential, commercial and industrial sectors.
We conduct and collate research to build a sound analytical basis for our work. We set standards for products and monitor their performance to help conserve New Zealand’s energy and save you money. We look for new ways to use less energy and benefit the environment.