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Electricity
Canstar finds Flick Electric NZ’s favourite provider
Canstar’s annual research to find New Zealand’s favourite electricity provider reveals Flick Electric has come out on top.
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Broadband
Mercury launches broadband and fibre packages for NZ customers
Mercury has officially launched Mercury Broadband, giving its electricity and gas customers the ability to add fibre to their existing Mercury account.
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Manufacturing
Cyber attacks on industrial assets cost firms millions
Some 89% of electricity, oil & gas, and manufacturing firms have experienced cyber attacks impacting production and energy supply over the past year.
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Cloud
Cybersecurity prompts upgrade for 1.3 billion electricity meters
ABI Research finds Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and cybersecurity concerns are prompting the upgrade of 1.3 billion electricity meters by 2027.
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Collaboration
Google Cloud and Capgemini collaborate with Malaysia's largest electricity utility
Capgemini and Google Cloud have announced a collaboration with TNB, the largest electricity utility in Malaysia.
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Electricity
Panduit joins ETIM International to standardise product management
Panduit states that its move to the ETIM data model is supported in data centers, enterprise, and industrial product groups.
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Smart Home
Information is power when choosing electricity plans
While 90% of respondents knew their average power bill over the summertime, more than half didn’t know their kilowatt hour (kWh) price, or their monthly usage amount. 
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Sustainability
World’s longest electric car journey reaches Adelaide
Some people go a long way to prove a point – and Dutchman Wiebe Wakker certainly falls under that category.
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5G
Three ways 5G will impact power management in 2019
Power failures or any network interruptions are not an option. Rolling out 5G is complex and presents a unique challenge for telco providers.
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Transpower
NZ joins future of energy with battery facility launch
The Mercury commissioned Tesla Powerpack battery facility has been launched today as a step in the grid-connected energy storage project.
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Infrastructure
Despite data centre surge, Dutch minister says no shortage of power
The minister of economic affairs has rubbished a Dutch Datacentre Association report that warns the country has an imminent power shortage.
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Commerce Commission
ComCom seeks to understand how electricity firms plan to harness emerging tech
“Emerging technologies like battery storage, solar, electric vehicles & home automation systems have the potential to revolutionise the way we live."
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Internet of Things
Telco market: ComCom sums up the biggest moves of 2017
The increase in IoT networks came after one specialist IoT network, KotahiNet, commenced operations in 2016.
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Electricity
Tesla helps Kiwi company with mission of energy freedom
The collaboration follows a competitive tender process that began in September last year.
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Vector
AI takes control of Auckland’s power grid, that’s not scary at all
The mDERMS programme uses the latest technology to better monitor, analyse, and control Auckland’s energy network...
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Machine learning
Internet of Energy: Vector uses AI to democratise energy for Aucklanders
“This ‘internet of energy’ platform capability is world-leading and is seen globally as the next big advancement in energy system evolution.”
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Electricity
NEC, SMUD and SpaceTime announce new partnership to drive innovation
"By combining the technology and expertise of leaders in three industries we're providing a suite of solutions that will be best in class."
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Infrastructure
Green Party comes out guns blazing, promising a carbon neutral NZ
The Green Party says that New Zealand has been held back from embracing clean economic opportunities, they plan on changing that...
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New Zealand
Greenpeace calls for an overhaul of the New Zealand electricity industry
“Electricity is a closely guarded commodity that’s being run to serve private interests.”
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Electricity
ENGIE and Electric Vine Industries partner to power villages in Papua
ENGIE has sealed a partnership with Electric Vine Industries (EVI) with the aim to bring energy to 3,000 villages in Papua over 20 years.
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Electricity
NZ power companies ignoring Solar tech, consumers pay the price
Emerging technologies in the electricity and transport sectors are being stifled by outdated policies and signals from power companies, says SEANZ.
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Telecommunications
Drive an electric vehicle? Spark NZ has got your back
“We are proud to be playing a small part in the growing electric vehicle movement in New Zealand – every little bit makes a difference to our future."
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LED lights
Philips launches new LED lights
Lighting may only account for around 8% of your electricity bill, but it can still play a part in reducing the amount of electricity you consume.
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CFO
Vector chair Stiassny calls for regulatory change to incentivise electricity innovation
Michael Stiassny, chairman of Auckland lines company Vector, says current regulation doesn't incentivise the electricity sector to foster new technolo