Powerco announces renewable gas projects

We’re 100% behind a zero-carbon future for New Zealand. To get there, Aotearoa will need a mix of energy options that includes low and zero carbon gases. 

Natural gas has already played an important part in transitioning us away from coal energy to help lower emissions. Now as we look to the future, Powerco’s gas network has more work to do, delivering renewable gas to Kiwi homes with the same reliability and convenience as the natural gas you use today. 

We know it’s possible to deliver renewable gases like biogas made from renewable energy to your home. There’s still much work to be done across the energy system in Aotearoa to enable this. 

Which is why our parent business Powerco (who own the gas network that delivers gas to your home) are looking into sustainable alternatives to natural gas so we can continue to provide your home with gas for cooking, heating and hot water.  

Along with Powerco, we’re excited to announce two initiatives that will get us even closer to having biogas energising your home. 

Powerco's David Hendry and Don Elers with Hamish Waugh from Manawatū District Council.
Photo: Powerco's Renewable Gas Manager, David Hendry with General Manager, Gas, Don Elers and Hamish Waugh from Manawatū District Council.

Our relationships with each of Manawatū District Council and MidWest Disposals will look at transforming organic waste that emits biogas from their wastewater and landfill sites into renewable natural gas (biomethane). 

These relationships are part of Powerco’s commitment to deliver renewable gas to your homes in the future.

What is renewable natural gas?

When biogas is cleaned (removal of carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide and water) it’s known as biomethane (renewable natural gas) and is almost chemically identical to natural gas. This means biomethane can be used interchangeably with natural gas and used the same way, so you can keep enjoying gas cooking, heating and hot water for years to come without adding additional emissions into the atmosphere. 

More information on how our parent business Powerco is working towards renewable natural gas (biomethane) and how businesses can work with us can be found on their website

Further information

Are you based in Wellington, Taranaki, Manawatu or Hawke's Bay? You may be able to connect your home to gas for free with The Gas Hub.

Enter your address in our gas checker for an instant result on whether you're within the free gas connection range!

We also have a very useful hot water cost comparison tool that compares upfront and running costs within our natural gas network regions. Find out whether a natural gas, electricity, LPG, or solar hot water system could be the right solution for you. Try our hot water cost comparison tool now.

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