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Opinion piece: Gas is here to stay

It’s a confusing time for energy consumers, especially those using gas. We are told on the one hand that our country needs to go 100% electric and that our gas supplies are dwindling. Yet gas remains critical to supporting our country’s variable renewable electricity generation sources – a point that was made crystal clear with the threat of power shortages on the coldest day of the year so far.

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    • Blog

    New e-bike scheme at Clarus is creating good energy on the ride to work

    Over the past couple of months Clarus has seen a steady number of its employees ditch their cars on some days, and instead opt for an e-bike as their transport of choice to get them to the office. The latest initiative that has the Clarus team buzzing with excitement is the adoption of Workride, a scheme designed to foster healthier commuting habits among employees.

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    Rockgas part of Clarus is the winner of Canstar Blue’s 2024 Award for Most Satisfied Customers | Bottled Gas

    June 20, 2024: Bottled gas is a versatile and affordable way to heat a home or fuel a kitchen, wherever you live in New Zealand. And if you use bottled gas in your home, it’s essential that your supply is not only reliable, but delivers great value for money, too.

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    • Blog

    Kaitoke Compressor upgrade to improve network resilience

    The Firstgas Kaitoke Compressor site is being prepared for the arrival of two new state-of-the-art compressors in early 2025. Kaitoke is a key site for the supply of natural gas throughout the lower North Island. Its existing 40-year-old compressor set-up isn’t enough to meet ongoing demand – especially on cold winter nights when gas usage peaks.

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    • Media releases

    Urenui and Firstgas to host historic Yarrows Taranaki Bulls preseason match

    Urenui is set to host a blockbuster Yarrows Taranaki Bulls Bunnings NPC preseason match in partnership with energy company Firstgas.

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    • hydrogen
    • Blog

    Tackling industrial emissions with hydrogen

    Tackling New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions is a team effort – everyone has a part to play. Households, businesses and government must find ways to reduce emissions so we can reach net zero carbon by 2050.  

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    • Blog

    Hiringa’s first hydrogen refuelling station opens

    Kiwi company Hiringa has opened the first hydrogen refuelling station in New Zealand – the start of an Australasian-first hydrogen network. Located in Wiri, South Auckland, the hydrogen station is one of three Auckland sites now operational, with another 21 sites in development across Aotearoa.

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    • Renewable Energy
    • Blog

    What’s been happening in the world of renewable gas

    What’s been happening in the world of renewable energy? We check out exciting news and developments from across the globe, as we work hard to fight climate change and create a low-emissions future for our world.

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    • Media releases

    Opinion piece: Gas is here to stay

    It’s a confusing time for energy consumers, especially those using gas. We are told on the one hand that our country needs to go 100% electric and that our gas supplies are dwindling. Yet gas remains critical to supporting our country’s variable renewable electricity generation sources – a point that was made crystal clear with the threat of power shortages on the coldest day of the year so far.

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    Wellington Airport trialling green hydrogen to power service vehicles

    Wellington Airport, Hiringa Energy, Air New Zealand and Toyota New Zealand have worked together to conduct a trial at the Wellington airport to test how viable green hydrogen could be to power service vehicles on the ground.

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    Just how big will the Tauhei Solar Farm be?

    This year, construction is expected to start on the Tauhei Solar Farm, a joint venture between First Renewables (a Clarus company) and Harmony Energy. Located in Te Aroha, the Tauhei Solar Farm at the time of commissioning, is anticipated to be New Zealand’s largest solar farm at 200 megawatts.

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    • Blog

    Australia’s game-changing hydrogen home leads the way

    Could your home run on green hydrogen in the future? The HyHome in Australia is demonstrating exactly how well hydrogen could work as the energy source for home heating, cooking, and hot water.

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    Mokau abuzz hosting the Firstgas Bone Carving Symposium

    This Easter, Mokau was abuzz as the largest gathering of bone carvers in the country came together for the Firstgas Bone Carving Symposium 2024.

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    New study says the development of an offshore wind energy industry in Aotearoa will play a critical role in helping the country decarbonise.

    The study examined the economic, social, and environmental impacts of a national offshore wind energy industry.

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    • Blog

    Tim Lepper: Delivering a NZ first renewable gas upgrade project

    Clarus company, First Renewables is close to completing work on an exciting New Zealand-first renewable gas project that will turn food scraps into biomethane.

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    Renewables round-up

    What’s been happening in the world of renewable energy? We check out exciting news and developments from across the globe.

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    • Blog

    NZ aviation gears up for hydrogen flights

    Could Kiwi travellers one day be jetting around the country in planes fuelled by green hydrogen? That’s the plan, according to the New Zealand Hydrogen Aviation Consortium, a group of forward-thinking aviation industry businesses formed in late 2023.