22 Dec 2016

New Zealanders cut back on electricity use

9:31 pm on 22 December 2016

New Zealanders are using less electricity, according to new figures, which show that average energy consumption has dropped by almost 5 percent.

Power lines against a bright blue sky.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The new figures - from the latest New Zealand Energy Quarterly, which is issued by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - show average electricity consumption in the residential sector fell 4.5 percent in the September quarter, compared with a year earlier.

There were also falls in the agricultural, forestry, fishing, commercial and industrials sectors.

The total amount of electricity generated also fell, mainly pushed by a massive 24.7 percent fall in fossil fuel generation, compared with a year earlier.

This helped give the electricity sector its second lowest level of September quarterly carbon dioxide emissions on record.

Energy intensity - the amount of energy need to produce each dollar of national wealth - has been improving for years.

The latest energy figures came despite a 3.5 percent increase in economic growth, according to the latest statistics.

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