Summer School in Energy Economics

The Energy Centre's Summer School in Energy Economics takes place the week before the start of Semester One each year, at the University of Auckland Business School. The Energy Centre is supported by the Energy Education Trust of New Zealand.

Summer School

An efficient and reliable energy system is fundamental to economic growth and wellbeing in New Zealand. The Energy Centre invites you to join specialist commentators and academics to discuss these issues at the eighth Summer School in Energy Economics.

What is the Summer School?

The Summer School programme focusses on key challenges facing New Zealand, including dependence on imported liquid fuels, transitioning to a low carbon economy, electrification of transport, renewable electricity, public transport and climate change.

Presentations cover New Zealand energy and global trends:

  • Oil, gas, electricity and carbon markets
  • Energy resources including hydro, geothermal, fossil fuels, wind and solar
  • Patterns of energy demand
  • Energy conservation
  • Innovative technology such as electric vehicles and hydrogen
  • Government policy

Insights into the practical aspects of energy supply and demand will come from industry representatives. 

Who can attend?

The Summer School is offered at no cost to anyone studying or working in the energy sector who wants to get a more rigorous appreciation of the various aspects and challenges of energy in New Zealand. Applicants must be over 18 years of age. The three-day programme will be circulated to all those who register in due course.

There is a limit for in-person event of 80 participants allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Meals and coffee breaks will be catered for. A certificate of participation will be awarded to the attendees on request.

How to apply for Summer School 2025

The next Summer School will be late February 2025.

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Have a read of our Summer School in Energy Economics 2024 three-day timetable below.

Financial assistance

Māori  students

Limited financial assistance is available for Māori participants to attend the summer school. For more information, please email Professor Emilson Silva.

Offer of financial assistance for participating GEOCEP institutions:

PhD students from selected European research institutions can be eligible to receive financing to attend the Summer School. The eligible institutions are Charles University, Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Toulouse School of Economics, London School of Economics, the University of Oxford and ETH-Zurich.

The value of the grant is Euros 2,100 per month for a minimum of one month and a maximum of twelve months at the University of Auckland, subject to availability of space. For further information on this financing, please visit the GEOCEP website.

These students receive funding to attend the annual Summer School from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement.

2024 presentations

Day 1: 19 February 2024

Day 2: 20 February 2024

Day 3: 21 February 2024