New Zealand Energy Quarterly – December 2023

The New Zealand Energy Quarterly provides quarterly data and analysis on energy supply, demand, prices and associated greenhouse gas emissions. This edition was released in March 2024.

Main highlights for this quarter

  • Renewable share of electricity generation this quarter was 90.3%. This is a 4.4 percentage point decrease on the December quarter last year.
  • The Harapaki Wind Farm and the Kaitaia solar farm began operation this quarter, contributing to this increase in capacity for renewable energy.
  • Electricity generation from wind reached a record high of 977 GWh for the quarter, an increase of 32.9% compared to the same period last year. This was driven by increased wind generation capacity.
  • Hydro generation was 12% lower than in the December 2022 quarter, largely due to low rainfall. This resulted in an increase in coal and gas use to meet demand.
  • Coal-based generation increased by 219.3% and gas-based generation increased by 50.9% when compared to the previous December quarter. Coal and gas-based generation made up 3.5% and 6.1% of total generation respectively.
  • Provisional greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation increased by 93% on the December 2022 quarter, driven by the increase in use of coal and natural gas for generation.
  • International aviation fuel use is up 51% on the December 2022 quarter. This signals continued recovery from a drop in consumption caused by travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the summary for this quarter

New Zealand Energy Quarterly December 2023 summary

Read the media release for this quarter

Increased renewable generation capacity for December quarter

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Last updated: 13 June 2024