Energy publications and technical papers
This page lists energy statistics and modelling publications, technical papers, reports and guides produced by us or for us.
We produce quarterly and annual publications presenting the latest energy statistics.
Energy in New Zealand
This annual publication provides information on and analysis of New Zealand’s energy sector — including statistics on supply, transformation, and demand. See Energy in New Zealand for more.
New Zealand Energy Quarterly
This quarterly publication provides data and analysis on energy supply, demand and pricing across various commodities. See New Zealand Energy Quarterly for more.
Report on Energy Hardship Measures
This annual report provides data and insights on energy hardship at a national level and amongst key demographic groups. See Report on Energy Hardship for more.
Technical papers, reports and guides
Energy statistics and modelling technical papers, reports and guides.
Energy statistics sources and method
This document gives an overview of the data sources and methods used by the Ministry to produce national energy statistics.
Energy modelling methodology
This guide provides information on the modelling methods we use to produce New Zealand’s Energy Outlook and other energy modelling releases.
New Zealand generation stack updates
We maintain data on New Zealand’s generation stack, which contains information on the costs of existing and new electricity generation in New Zealand. Subject-matter experts are regularly engaged to review and update this information.
Review of demand forecasting methodology 2011
We produce the New Zealand Energy Outlook publication on an annual basis. This includes long-term projections of demand, energy supply and greenhouse gas emissions. In 2011 the then Ministry of Economic Development (MED) undertook a review of their demand models for this publication. The documents below outline the review process and results.
- Review of MED’s demand forecasting methodology [PDF, 1.2 MB] — November 2011
- NZIER assessment of SADEM review [PDF, 290 KB] — September 2011
Coal prices in New Zealand markets
This report examines the current and expected future prices of coal in New Zealand for domestic and export markets. It's produced to provide coal price assumptions for forecasting and other modelling work by MBIE and other government agencies. The original 2009 report was updated in 2011 and 2013.
- Coal prices in New Zealand markets — 2009 report [PDF, 1 MB]
- Coal prices in New Zealand markets — 2011 report [PDF, 267 KB]
- Coal prices in New Zealand markets — 2013 report [PDF, 706 KB]
Validation of Energy Outlook electricity modelling
We produce the New Zealand Energy Outlook publication on an annual basis. This includes long-term projections of demand, energy supply and greenhouse gas emissions to 2035. In March 2010 the then Ministry of Economic Development (MED) engaged Energy Link to undertake “parallel modelling” of their Energy Outlook Reference Scenario and comment on their approach to modelling electricity prices in the Reference Scenario. The document below contains their report to MED.
Solar photovoltaic energy
In 2009 the then Ministry of Economic Development engaged IT Power to conduct an assessment of the future costs and performance of solar PV in New Zealand. See Solar photovoltaic energy for more.
Cost and impacts of a transition to hydrogen fuel in New Zealand
This 2007 report, prepared by CRL Energy, examines the economics of producing, transporting, and consuming hydrogen vehicle fuel in New Zealand, including greenhouse gas emissions and local environmental impacts.
Liquid fuels from lignite
This 2006 report, produced by CRL Energy, examines the economics of producing liquid fuels from lignite coal in New Zealand. All scenarios examined use carbon capture and storage technology to minimise the carbon dioxide releases in processing.
Alternative liquid fuels
This 2007 report examines the global costs, availability, and environmental impacts of alternative liquid fuels that might substitute for fuels made from conventional oil. These include unconventional oil, biofuels, and synthetic liquids from gas and coal.
Emerging supply-side energy technologies
This 2006 report, produced by PB Power, examines the likely costs and availability of 13 emerging energy supply technologies in New Zealand.
Heavy industry energy demand
This 2009 report is an update to a 2006 report, which developed projections of energy demand by a number of energy-intensive manufacturing industries in New Zealand. It includes new information and projections, and provides information on some industries not originally included.
Liquid fuel deliveries in New Zealand 1990-2008
This report presents the results of the 2008 calendar year Annual Liquid Fuel Survey, as well as a reconstructed time-series of these deliveries back to 1990. See Delivering the diesel: Liquid fuel deliveries in New Zealand 1990-2008 for more.
Liquid fuels use in New Zealand
In 2008 a project was started to investigate the liquid fuel supply chain in New Zealand and the completeness of our consumption statistics for liquid fuels. See Liquid fuels use in New Zealand for more.