New Zealand’s electricity market is experiencing a “huge” disruption due to the arrival of the Carmel Electric supply chain, says the country’s electric power company.
The arrival of Carmel’s new planer grid means there’s a significant increase in the amount of electricity demand, and in the electricity supply from both companies.
However, New Zealand has already been a leading electric power market for the past 20 years.
The country has a population of around 70 million people and has one of the highest per capita electricity consumption rates in the world.
“Our electricity demand is very strong, and this is the first time we’ve seen an increase in demand in that time,” EVPower chief executive Paul Cottrell said.
Cottrell says the arrival and supply chain disruption was “unprecedented” for New Zealand, and that the electricity demand from both company’s plants was likely to continue increasing in the coming months.
“We’ve seen a lot of people, not just in Auckland, but across the country, wanting a planer,” Cottrol said.
“People are just waiting for it to get here.”
Cottrol says the Carmels planer system has a total of 10,000 planer units, and the company expects the number to increase by up to 100 units by the end of 2018.
Cottrel says the company has had no problems in obtaining permits for the planer supply, and has been working closely with Auckland’s planning department to ensure there are no major safety issues.
The company says it will have its planer plants operating across the entire island by the start of the next financial year.
Carmel is already operating three new planers in Auckland.
Cottrel said the company would like to expand those capacity to more cities across the Auckland region, as well as more locations in other parts of New Zealand.
“The new systems will provide us with much greater control over our power supply,” he said.
Electricity prices are expected to rise for a number of reasons, including the introduction of a new generation of hybrid power units.
Cattrell says there will also be a rise in demand for rooftop solar panels, and other solar-based projects.