Energy Innovation (Electric Vehicles and Other Matters) Amendment Bill – Video 1

Energy Innovation (Electric Vehicles and Other Matters) Amendment Bill – Video 1


those fellows sit down for committee stage next a sitting day call on government order of the day number four energy innovation electric vehicles and other matters are mmmm bill second reading mr. speaker the Honorable grid of columns the Speaker I move that the energy innovation electric vehicles and other matters amendment bill we now read a second time I want to acknowledge the work of the Commerce Committee and thank them the thorough and robust consideration of this bill and in particular note the chair of the Select Committee Melissa Lee in her contribution and to improve the efficiency of our energy sector energy use and to meet our climate change commitments we need to shift and focus to reduce our emissions and improve our energy productivity transport energy and process heat are key areas where gains can be made the bill has four parts and will amend the electricity industry act 2010 the energy fuels libby’s and references act 1989 the land transport 1998 and the road user charges act 2012 it will support our focus on reducing emissions and improving energy productivity while ensuring our legislation can accommodate invasion the bill will expand the purposes for which the existing electricity efficiency levee gas levee in petroleum or engine fuel monitoring Libby can be used it will enable the energy efficiency and conservation authority or iike to use all three levees to encourage promote and support energy efficiency energy conservation and the use of renewable sources of energy giving eco access funding from three levees will enable the cost of eCos activities to be spread across the levees for transport fuels and gas instead of being confined to electricity the smooth beyond electricity will enable eager to use its levee funding to undertake a broader range of activities giving it flexibility to focus on areas with a measureable gain as the greatest the bill also promises to improve the operation ministration of the levees electric vehicles or Evie offer a way to leverage greater value from New Zealand’s renewable out trustee and therefore offer the most potential for emissions reduction while ensuring economic growth this was the rationale behind the Eevee’s program a package of proposals announced by the government last year to increase the uptake of EBS this bill contains two initiatives from the Eevee’s program bill will clarify with a road controlling authority sorry that a road controlling authority may use it’s by lawmaking powers to give v’s access to special vehicle lanes trials and places like Norway in California have shown that allowing EVs and special vehicle lanes is one of the most effective non-financial incentives we can put in place to increase uptake the bill also encourages the uptake of electric vehicles by extending the road user charge exemption to include heavy electric vehicles such as electric trucks and buses this change is a transparent and efficient way to provide a financial incentive to encourage heavy electric vehicles / equivalent conventional heavy vehicles the bill also clarifies how electricity industry regulate legislation applies to secondary networks secondary networks are smaller electric and electricity networks that under ectly connect to the National Grid typically to our local distribution network they offer a unique business model that is becoming more widespread and is attractive to business owners owning and operating a secondary network offers business owners opportunities for integrating new energy technologies such as combining solar photovoltaic talax so I always have trouble that one and battery storage in other words solar panels and battery storage on a residential subdivision and supplying those to consumers consistent treatment under the legislation will help this kind of innovative business model to endure and thrive the bill will provide regulatory certainty and improve outcomes for consumers in the market as a whole it will ensure that consumers on secondary networks have the same consumer detection and access to dispute resolution as consumers on local electricity networks the Commerce Committee has made some sensible recommendations that will improve this bill attached on some of these now there have been some concerns raised regarding a road controlling authority’s ability to effectively enforce the use of special vehicle lanes by EVs the committee has recommended a change to the bill to permit an image taken by approved vehicle surveillance equipment or in other words an automated camera to be evidence of the unauthorized use of a special vehicle length once the number plate of a vehicle has been recorded information about it can be accessed on the motor vehicle register the motor vehicle register is in the process of being updated to show whether or not a vehicle is electric it also shows who owns the vehicle so that if necessary the only can be seen in infringement notice this change will provide another option to enabling Road controlling authorities to enforce the correct use of special vehicle lanes the bill as introduced will also allow heavy EVs to be exempted from road user charges or RAC for a period of time by order of cut and council the committee has recommended a change that requires the relevant minister to be satisfied that any order and council under the section has the purpose of encouraging and supporting the uptake of heavy EVs committee has further recommended that the initial RAC exemption would expire no later than 31 December 2025 and any subsequent exemption would last for no more than five years with regards that changes the bill makes to expanding existing energy levels olivia’s to recover funding for eco the committee has also made some sensible recommendations to improve operation and administration of the gas levy provided under the Energy Fuels levies and references act 1989 these changes include placing liability for the gas levy on retailers alone to improve recovery of the living it has also recommended shifting the existing exemptions to the levy to regulation to enable them to be kept up to date and removing the car exemption for sale of less than 10,000 Giga joules of gas and a quarter so that every retailer is treated the same finally the bill is introduced makes changes to clarify how electricity industry regulation applies to secretary networks does this by adding new definitions for secondary network and secondary network provider and a statement that a secondary network provider is to be treated as if they were a distributor for the purposes of the electricity industry Act during consideration the bill submitters raise concerns the new definitions were too broad and could inadvertently include things they should not the committee has recommended a minor change to the drafting to more closely match the policy intent which is their owners of secondary networks that are undertaking activities that are akin to those of an outfit distributor are subjected to the same requirements under the legislation the committee noted that there were a range of exemption options already in place and that obligations requirements can be developed or amended to ensure that they are appropriate for secondary network owners this bill will encourage energy innovations such as emergent emerging energy technologies increased variation energy related business models so New Zealand can respond to US environmental and energy objectives Speaker I commend this bill to the house the questioners of the motion be agreed to dr. Megan woods Thank You mr. speaker

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