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BOC Energy Strategy to be put in front of industry leaders

A revamped Bay of Connections Energy Strategy is being launched at a national energy sector conference this week.

The original document, which was released in 2011, has been updated with a new focus put on business growth opportunities and employment, all underpinned by sustainable energy use.

A team of energy experts are mobilising to put the strategy into action, including Melissa Climo and Peter Kernohan as Energy Strategy co-ordinators.

Melissa Climo, also a GNS Science Research Manager, will present the refreshed strategy at the New Zealand Energy Sector’s Annual Strategic Forum, New Zealand Downstream, in Auckland on Wednesday March 2nd.

“The wider Bay of Plenty has an unparalleled national and international advantage because of its abundance of natural resources and strong renewable energy profile.

“It’s time to increase the use of the significant untapped downstream potential from existing geothermal or other manufacturing operations in the wider Bay of Plenty region. We can attract investment into our region, grow new and existing business, and create jobs,” Ms Climo says.

She says the refreshed strategy is designed to achieve realistic results in the short-term, and build a platform for the longer term.

“Energy is an enabler. It will interact with and support economic growth across a range of sectors in our region. We will see ecosystems and business clusters created, which will pave the way for new opportunities in aquaculture, horticulture, food production, spa services, tourism, biofuel development and more.

“Arising from our energy advantages, we hope to see increased geothermal direct heat supply for industry, biofuel manufacturing from forestry resources, sustainable energy initiatives for businesses and homes, solar energy-based solutions, and wood-based fuels for industrial, commercial and residential heating.

“Success will be achieved by a collective approach which sees renewable energy used in businesses, homes and by industry,” Ms Climo says.

The Energy Strategy also ties in closely with the Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Study (RGS), with geothermal one of the nine key priority areas identified for development by the region, with the support of central government.

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