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Past workshops/webinars

We run various workshops/webinars each year of items that are topical to the industry, below are presentations from previous workshops from the last five years of workshops.


NZGB tool update workshop

Operations hosted a virtual workshop on 12 June 2024 to take the sector through improvements to the New Zealand Generation Balance (NZGB) tool that will go live at the end of June.

The NZGB tool forecasts whether New Zealand will have enough generation capacity to meet daily peak demand under certain scenarios. It is a critical tool for the grid owner and other market participants to plan essential maintenance outages. 

A video of the workshop and slide pack can be found below, and the NZGB tool is hosted on our Operations Customer Portal.

Slide pack


Industry simulation exercises held on 1 & 8 May 2024

The Electricity Authority and Transpower held two industry exercises covering a major power system event on 1 and 8 May 2024.

Wednesday 1 May – for control room operators

  • This day was led by the system operator to test grid emergency processes and interactions between the system operator and generators, lines companies and direct connect industrial customers.

Wednesday 8 May – for digital communications/social media/customer leads

  • This day was led by the Electricity Authority alongside Transpower’s communication team and tested communications and interactions from Transpower out through lines companies and retailers to end consumers.

Industry Exercise 2023 Report, 4 August 2023

Transpower has completed a report on this year's Industry Exercise. The report summarises the preparations, participation, observations, feedback from industry, key learnings, and the opportunities identified for further improvement.

Security of Supply and evolving context  – 25 July 2023

We presented the Security of Supply Assessment for 2023 at this extended System Operator Industry Forum.

The annual assessment uses electricity demand and supply forecasts to assess whether there will be enough energy and capacity to meet New Zealand’s electricity demand over the coming decade. It is based on existing generation as well as planned generation at different stages of the development process.

We also presented a new Evolving security of supply assessment in New Zealand paper that looks at how our thinking about a secure electricity supply should evolve as we move to a low or zero carbon future.

The Security of Supply presentation starts at the 7-minute mark and continues for the rest of the hour.

Winter 2023: Managing winter peak capacity risks - 30 May 2023

We took industry through our approach to managing winter peak capacity risks in an extended edition of our fortnightly System Operator Industry Forum. The session presented:

  • new information resources available to the market for winter
  • new processes for coordinating market participants in the case of low residual generation situations and potential grid emergencies
  • a refresher of existing information and processes for informing and coordinating the market

We also presented our approach for communicating potential electricity supply shortfalls with the public, including a reminder of how we will use the Major Power System Event Contact List we set up last year.

Winter 2023: Use of 'discretionary demand' control 17 May 2023

Transpower, the Electricity Authority and NZX co-hosted a webinar on 17 May 2023 to discuss the use of discretionary demand control to manage grid emergencies and how to advise the System Operator of available controllable load using difference bids. Linked below are the slides and video of the presentation.


Reserve Management Tool, Modelling of Battery Energy Storage Systems  17 May 2023

Transpower held a presentation workshop on 17 May 2023 to discuss  the modelling of battery storage system in the reserve management tool (RMT).  Linked below are the slides and video of the presentation.


Exercise Shortfall Report, 12 July 2022

Following the debrief session for Exercise Shortfall, held 9 June 2022, Transpower have completed a report summarising the preparations, participation, observations, feedback from industry, key learnings, and the opportunities identified for further improvement.

For further information on Exercise Shortfall, please contact [email protected]

Exercise Shortfall debrief session, 9 June 2022

Transpower held a debrief session with industry following Exercise Shortfall on 26 May 2022.

Lessons learned and recommendations were shared and discussed. These will captured in a report to be shared with industry in the coming weeks.

Exercise Shortfall preparation session, 12 May 2022

Transpower held a preparation session for industry ahead of the industry-wide grid emergency simulation exercise planned for 26 May 2022.

Presenters provided updates on the Operations, CIMS and Communications workstreams for the exercise.

Exercise Shortfall information session, 6 April 2022

Transpower held an information session for industry ahead of the industry-wide grid emergency simulation exercise planned for 26 May 2022.Presenters introduced the exercise, explained how other organisations can participate, and shared our processes and communications principles to assist others in their own planning.


Industry conference, 19 August 2021

An industry conference was held on 19 August 2021 to provide an update on recent market events, progress on the restoration of Pole 2 and to give an update on issues effecting outputs from the NZGB tool. 

Asset Owner Industry Forum 2021

The Forum is an annual gathering hosted by Transpower in its role as System Operator (SO) for New Zealand’s generation and distribution asset owners. It offers attendees an opportunity to interact with the SO and other asset owners and encourage collaboration at a technical level. It also allows the SO to discuss any challenges you may have in meeting the required Asset Owner Performance Obligations.

The theme for this year’s forum was Embracing New Connections with an aim of informing, clarifying and improving the connection process and providing an overview to the industry of exciting projects that are currently in-flight.

Workshop Topics

Held in Wellington on 29 June 2021.

Topics covered

  • Future Architecture of Network Project
  • New Connection Process
  • Connection Study Guide – New Generation
  • Asset Testing – Planned and Urgent Test Plan
  • EA update - Code changes consultation for BESS
  • Overview proposed changes for Ancillary Services Procurement Plan 
  • RMT enhancement project update – modelling of reserves
  • EA update - AUFLS technical requirement – timeline for transition
  • Customer Portal – AUFLS Demo (ACS update) – onboarding

Hawkes Bay 2021 Management Plan - Briefing 7 April 2021

A webinar was held on 7 April 2021 to provide an update to the industry on our current risk assessment regarding Waikaremoana generation and interconnector transfer limits into the Hawkes Bay region.

Security of Supply - Briefing 3 June 2021

A webinar was held on 3 June 2021 to provide an update to the industry our current risk assessment .

3 June Webinar Q&A.pdf (PDF 103.27 KB)

Security of Supply - Briefing 18 May 2021

A webinar was held on 18 May 2021 to provide an update to the industry our current risk assessment .

Security of Supply - Briefing 3 May 2021

A webinar was held on 3 May 2021 to provide an update to the industry our current risk assessment .

Security of Supply - Briefing 20 April 2021

A webinar was held on 20 April 2021 to provide an update to the industry our current risk assessment .

Security of Supply - Briefing 31 Mar 2021

A webinar was held on 31 March 2021 to provide an update to the industry our current risk assessment .

Security of Supply - Briefing 26 Feb 2021

A webinar was held on 26 February 2021 to provide transparency to the industry on our current risk assessment and other indicators we monitor.

Webinar Topics

Topics covered:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Electricity risk curves and storage trajectory refresher
  • Current national risk
  • Indicators we monitor
  • ERC thermal derating assumptions
  • Status curves and SST thermal derating assumptions
  • Further information


Security of Supply - Outlook to 2030 : Workshop

A workshop was held in Wellington and run on-line on the 28 July 2020. The workshop covered our annual medium-term security of supply assessment as well an interactive session to explore and discuss a range of security of supply risks and issues.

Workshop Topics

Topics covered:

  • Introduction and summary of last year's Security of Supply Annual Assessment.
  • Gas generation: future fuel supply constraints?
  • Security of supply workshop. Interactive session to discuss medium-term security of supply issues and risks and how these can be captured in our annual medium-term security of supply assessment

This year’s forum is on the successful commissioning of assets, with the aim of clarifying, informing and improving the commissioning process.

Workshop Topics

Held in Wellington on 2 October 2019.

Topics covered:

  • Asset connection assessments requirements 
  • Distributor connected generator - and System Operator’s ability to meet its Principal Performance Obligations 
  • Asset owner test data
  • Fault ride through 
  • Maranga Ra, New Zealand’s Largest Solar Farm 
  • Waipipi Wind Farm
  • Solar and battery energy storage systems

Asset Owner Industry Forum 2018

The theme of this forum is Fault Ride Through Capability, and Companion Guide for Asset Testing.

The yearly Asset Owner Industry Forum is to discuss emerging issues, share knowledge, and provide guidance on good practice amongst asset owners and the System Operator.

There has been considerable interest from industry participants in getting more detail and clarity about how to demonstrate compliance with the fault ride through requirements of the Code. In the morning session we will summarize the requirements, then have an in-depth look at a study approach including some example studies. In the afternoon session discussion will be on proposed changes to the Companion Guide for Asset Testing with specific reference to guide for generator testing and new technologies and the coordination of Code development to align with their anticipated deployment.

Workshop Topics

Held in Wellington on 5 September 2018.

Topics covered

  • The Policy Behind the Fault Ride Through Standards
  • The FRT envelopes, study assumptions and examples
  • Challenges with Determining Compliance with VFRT
  • Companion Guide for Asset Testing / Introduction to model-ling requirement
  • Integration of Battery Energy Storage into the Power System and Wholesale Market
  • Commissioning NZ’s First Direct Grid-Connected Battery