Tony Baldwin
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Electricity Security of Supply


Security of supply in New Zealand's electricity industry has been a recurring fundamental issue.

Tony has been closely involved in public policy settings relating to security of supply risks, including

  • The Government's response to the 1992 hydro shortage, which included more efficient signals in relation to available capacity and fuels stocks, relevant hydro data, and expected demand. [A copy of relevant papers is available on request]
  • Between 1995 and 1998, working with ECNZ, John Culy, and officials on alternative mechanisms for addressing security of supply in a competitive market. [A copy of this work is available on request]
  • Developing the 1996 and 1998 Government Policy Statements on security of supply. The 1998 policy statement, which called for market participants to take responsibility for security risks and more efficient hedging, is set out in Part D of the Government's 1998 reform package, "A Better Deal for Electricity Consumers"
  • In 2004, preparing with Concept Consulting and John Culy a report for the Electricity Commission - "Tendering for reserve energy" - to implement elements of the 2004 Government Policy Statement
  • In 2004, preparing with Concept Consulting a report for the Electricity Commission - "Developing emergency security of supply provision" - to implement other elements of the 2004 Government Policy Statement
  • In 2005, advising the Electricity Commission on the nature and scope of its legal obligations in relation to security of supply. Tony's report integrated legal, policy, and technical analysis, and was peer reviewed by Richard Clarke QC
  • In 2007, making a submission to the Electricity Commission on the legal framework relating to security of supply

With a view to promoting a broader understanding of security of supply policy issues, the attached extracts from papers prepared in May 2005 may be of interest: