News from CEO – Mike Hopkins
Political statements and announcements have dominated national energy news this week, so we shall move on swiftly.
As promised last week, we are now able to confirm our MC for next year’s conference. Once again, we’ll be joined by Te Radar. Those of you who managed to get to the 2019 conference in Wellington will have seen just how good Te Radar is at keeping the flow, keeping on topic, marshalling the speakers around and asking some poignant questions of our presenters, all while entertaining the audience at the same time. Worth the admission on his own. Please save the dates, 26 and 27 May and get your budgets authorised.
On Monday we held the last of our Pacific Island webinars. That webinar series attracted over 700 registrations and over 350 attendees. It was a great way for us to start increasing our presence in the wider region and has furnished many new contacts. With some of our training going online and becoming accessible to more areas, having a market presence will only help course recruitment and the spread of good practice.
Our next webinar is on October 12 where we’ll be joined by Siemens to talk about their experiences with performance contracting. That is delivered by their regional team based in Australia and Singapore where performance contracting has received much more uptake than NZ. However, it’s an increasingly important part of the industry’s armoury and there is much to learn from these experienced practitioners. You can register through the link below.
In the week that Watercare’s Rosedale solar farm is officially commissioned (Friday), we learnt that pairing floating solar with hydro lakes could potentially satisfy nearly half the world’s electricity needs. The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab counted nearly 380,000 freshwater hydropower reservoirs around the globe which, if used for floating solar could provide a combined 10,600TWh a year, around 48% of demand. Covering reservoirs with PV panels would also help with the evaporation problem that troubles hydro reservoirs. What the report did not cover, though, are the implications for the ecosystem underneath the panels deprived of the bulk of its normal, natural light.
On the subject of light deprivation, the California fires have seen a one-third decline in the output of the State’s utility scale PV sites. A warning for Australia, perhaps, and a reminder of the importance of balance in the generation mix.
Nevertheless, the good news is that venture capital investments into climate related technologies are growing at five times the average rate of all other investment classes and now accounts for 6% of the VC market. Report authors PwC attribute the interest to increasing corporate commitments to net zero targets.
Finally this week, a very warm welcome to two new members, Dan Jolly (Beca) and Logan Lawson (Student at the University of Canterbury). Great to have you on board.
Have a great and safe weekend.
Mike and the team
Check out CEP Training courses, CEP Webinars and other Industry related events – coming up.
HBDHB Ess Power Generator Upgrade Project – Generator & Controls Contract
Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB) are proposing to upgrade the essential power generator arrangement currently in place at Hawke’s Bay Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Hastings. This HBDHB essential power generator upgrade project will be staged over several years with the first stage of the project to commence this year. Subscribe for full notice.
Close Date: Monday, 5 October 2020 4:00 PM
Advance Notice – Auckland DHB Starship Children’s Hospital PICU and Atrium
Advance Notice of a Contract Opportunity – Auckland DHB Starship Children’s Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Atrium – subscribe to notice for more information. The preliminary design project has been completed and Auckland DHB is looking to approach the market for consultants to undertake the completion of the design, including;- Project Management- Architecture- Building Services (Mech / Elec / Hyd / Med Gas / Fire Protection / ICT / Security / Nurse Call).
Close Date: Friday, 9 October 2020 5:00 PM
Gore Multisports Complex- Ventilation System
Gore District Council (GDC) looking for suitable suppliers to submit their solutions and proposals including supplying and installation of an appropriate and sustainable ventilation system for the Gore Aquatic Centre.
Close Date: Wednesday, 28 October 2020 4:00 PM
Greenhouse Gas Inventory Reporting for Otago
This Request for Proposal (RFP) is an invitation to selected consultants to submit a fixed price proposal for the delivery of Otago region’s Greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory reporting by Otago districts.
Close Date: Friday, 30 October 2020 4:00 PM
Advance Notice – Improving Classrooms in Small or Remote Schools Programme
This notice is to inform suppliers that the Ministry will be embarking on a programme to improve the internal environments of almost 600 state schools that are small or remote. The programme is expected to take up to four years to complete. Inclusion definitions are:
• Schools that have four or less entitled* teaching spaces (about 100 students)
• Schools that have an isolation index* of 2.0 or higher on the Ministry’s Isolation Index
The improvements will enhance aspects of the learning environment associated with fitness for purpose, operational efficiency and condition. The improvements are: LEDs, acoustic panels, thermal blankets and residual current devices (RCDs) for electrical safety.
Close Date :Thursday, 31 December 2020 5:00 PM