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Energy News and GE Digital are proud to present the New Zealand Electricity Survey in 2020. 

Previous survey results:

Click here to view the Part Three 2019 Survey results

Click here to view the Part Two 2019 Survey results

Click here to view the Part One 2019 Survey results

2020 Survey Advisory Panel

The 2020 Survey Advisory Panel will be formed shortly, and will include:

Kevin Hart - Asia Pacific Regional Leader, GE Digital Energy & GE New Zealand Country Leader

Kevin Hart, an industry veteran with more than thirty years’ experience in the energy sector, was previously GE’s CEO for New Zealand and Papua New Guinea before taking on his current role of Asia Pacific Regional Leader for GE’s Digital Energy business. Mr Hart has also retained his role as Country Leader for all of GE’s businesses in New Zealand. Prior to GE, he was General Manager, Business Development at specialist international engineering consulting firm, Power Systems Consultants Ltd following six and half years at French energy multi-national firm Alstom Grid as New Zealand’s Country Director. Previously, Kevin has held senior management positions at New Zealand’s nation grid company, Transpower in commercial, IT development, market operations along with business development roles in subsidiary company Energy Market Services (formerly d-cypha), specialising in energy hedge product development and trading. In his current role as Asia Pacific Regional Leader for GE’s Power Digital business, his focus is on developing GE’s digital activities in the power generation and T&D sectors across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific.

With a colourful and varied career, Mr Hart originally trained as a HV electrical engineering design draughtsman with the NZ Ministry of Energy, later establishing a private architectural design practice in Colorado USA. Mr Hart is a former New Zealand Judo representative and has competed internationally and previously trained at the US Olympic Training Centre with the US Judo team.


2019 Survey Advisory Panel

John Hancock (Chair)

John Hancock is a well-known energy utilities consultant and commentator. He chairs the Electricity Authority’s Innovation & Participation Advisory Group and is a member of Expert Advisory Group for the Government’s Electricity Price Review.

Much of his experience draws on his unusual combination of deep experience in both technology and deregulation – key dimensions of the strategic environment in the sector.

John has worked in the utilities industry around the world for nearly 30 years, including 14 years with Ernst & Young Consulting, Capgemini and Hewlett Packard in the Asia Pacific.

Phil Gibson – Mercury

Phil Gibson is responsible for managing Mercury’s renewable hydro power generation operations, as well as wholesale market activities and sales to large commercial and industrial customers. Phil has held a number of roles across the business including Wholesale Markets Manager, and Head of Technology & Innovation in Consumer Markets. Prior to joining the electricity industry, Phil spent six years in structural engineering roles in Auckland, Wellington and London.

Greg Skelton – Wellington Electricity Lines

Greg Skelton is the Chief Executive of Wellington Electricity, a role he has held since April 2009. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of Alpine Energy and has held various senior management roles across the electricity industry.

Jason Stein – Meridian Energy

Jason Stein joined Meridian in 2008 and is General Manager of the Office of the Chief Executive. As General Counsel and Company Secretary, Jason’s team is responsible for the company’s legal services and managing Meridian’s governance, regulatory and government relations processes. Jason has experience in governance roles in a number of former and current Meridian subsidiaries, including as the Meridian parent representative and as a director. Jason has until recently chaired Meridian’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Quintin Tahau – Transpower

Quintin joined the electricity industry in 2001, originally working in business development for d-cypha (now Energy Market Services) to pursue unregulated revenue for Transpower. In 2012 he established Transpower’s Demand Response team to explore alternatives to traditional transmission solutions. Quintin now leads emdDevelopment and emsTradepoint to further focus on delivering innovative solutions for our energy future.

Neil Wembridge – Freeman

Neil Wembridge is the General Manager at Freeman, which sees him take responsibility for the commercial side of the energy sector products of Freeman, including all events, surveys, stakeholder management and business development.


Download previous survey results below

Survey 2018 - results

Survey 2017 - results

Survey 2016 - results

Survey 2015 - results

Survey 2014 - results

Survey 2013 - results

Survey 2012 - results

Please email any feedback to:

Neil Wembridge
+64 21 190 2971
neil.wembridge [at] freemanmedia.co.nz (subject: Energy%20News%20and%20GE%20Digital%20Electricity%20Survey)

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