June quarter shows renewable electricity generation reaches record high

Published: 14 September 2023

New Zealand achieved 91% renewable electricity generation in the June 2023 quarter, a 10-percentage point increase on the June 2022 quarter, according to data released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The latest New Zealand Energy Quarterly, covering April to June 2023, provides quarterly data and analysis on energy supply, demand, prices, and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

“This is the highest renewable electricity generation percentage achieved for any June quarter since records began in 1980,” says Mike Hayward, Manager, Markets in the Digital, Data & Insights group, MBIE.

“April to June’s high renewable figure this year was driven by high rainfall levels topping up hydro lakes. The completion of the Turitea wind farm also contributed to our wind generation share of the mix.

“Hydro generation was up by 25.2% on the June 2022 quarter, while coal generation was down 71.7% and gas generation was down 45.7% compared to the same period last year,” Mike Hayward said.

This quarter also saw an increase in net gas production, up 9.4%, and a drop in industrial coal use, down 22.6% on the same quarter last year.

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