There are many underlying, and often complex, causes of energy hardship and any solution will need to address these issues across a number of fronts.
There are a number of initiatives underway across government that are helping address energy hardship. This section includes some initiatives MBIE is progressing based on recommendations in the 2019 Electricity Price Review.
The Electricity Price Review webpage outlines other MBIE-led work to create a more consumer-focused electricity market, more affordable prices and better prepare the market for future changes, based on the review’s recommendations.
MBIE’s Energy Hardship Update is our new regular e-news about efforts to reduce energy hardship in New Zealand.
Previous issues are available on the Energy Hardship Update webpage.
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The Support for Energy Education in Communities (SEEC) Programme is part of a suite of new government initiatives to lift people out of energy hardship. The second funding round is now open.
MBIE is working to develop an agreed definition of energy hardship, and associated indicators to measure and track energy hardship over time.
Two specialist groups are being established to support government as part of its work to alleviate energy hardship in New Zealand.