- Dr Janet Stephenson (Centre for Sustainability)
- Dr Sara Walton (Management)
- Associate Professor Michael Jack (Physics)
Flexibility in the consumption of electricity has the potential to enable greater penetration of renewable energy in New Zealand, lowering costs and greenhouse gas emissions. To date there is limited uptake of demand flexibility programmes such as the Transpower Demand Response scheme despite the agricultural sector making significant contributions to summer seasonal peaks in electricity consumption in highly irrigated areas especially. I will work with farmers and other stakeholders in the energy and agriculture sectors to find the barriers to engagement with these initiatives and work to enable more effective use of energy on NZ farms.