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.
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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.
MBIE is working to develop an agreed definition of energy hardship, and associated indicators to assist with measuring and tracking energy hardship over time.
Government has agreed to establish an Energy Hardship Expert Panel to recommend policy priorities and actions to alleviate energy hardship in New Zealand. Government is also establishing an Energy Hardship Reference Group to provide a forum to share information and encourage coordination across industry, NGOs and government agencies.