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LAST MEETING: Andrew Renton - Transpower, Planning for the Future
Andrew is the Senior Engineer in the Development Division of Transpower. His address was highly topical following the recent electric blackout in NZ, although hardly reassuring. Transpower is responsible for the nation-wide distribution of electricity, from the generators to the retailers. It has three divisions, System Operations, Grid Delivery and Development. His role is to plan twenty years ahead and to be "as little wrong as possible". His personal speciality is in transformers and power cables.
He explained how the consumer's cost of electricity comprises one third basic electricity, one third transport to the retailers and one third retailers' costs and profits. The National Grid is composed of 11,000 km of wire, comprising 80 million metres of wire in the sky. Distribution has to occur in real time as no effective storage system exists as yet. Input has to match delivery at 50 megahertz, and if the gap varied beyond 5 megahertz either way the whole system could collapse and take 36 hours to "re-boot".
He explained how our production is based on 78% renewables, but some of these, such as wind farms and solar panels, are inconsistent in the short term while hydropower can be inconsistent over longer periods, as in a drought. Therefore, there has to be some over-capacity and some ability to access extra power. Currently the coal burning Huntly Power Station copes with the extra loads, but a generator can take 12 hours notice to start up.
The future is uncertain. It can take up to 20 years to design, consent and build a power station, and 12 months for a wind farm. Solar panels are becoming cheaper as are batteries but at present both are expensive.  With the future of Tiwai Point (which consumes 13% of our total production but is in an inconvenient location) itself uncertain, no power company is likely to risk major long-term expenditure on a new power station. As the price for electricity paid to the generators is based on an auction system it is in their interest  to keep the supply of electricity as "just enough but not too much" to maintain high prices and profits. It is indeed a powerful and electrifying dilemma.
Overall, we now understand much more of how our electricity system works and  we are grateful to Andrew for a  most interesting and topical address.
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COVID19 Pandemic

Bulletin Contribution

Polio and Taliban 
Taliban have children too
The situation in Afghanistan has escalated since a zoom meeting of RI END POLIO NOW Coordinators last week but several messages with great impact were delivered by our senior leaders during that meeting.
Parting Thought: 
"Electricity is magical in all its forms but magic is not electricity."
―  Christine Meredith
Sep 20, 2021
How do we keep Hutt Valley beautiful
Sep 27, 2021
Drug Use Today
Oct 04, 2021
How to use the defibrillator
Oct 11, 2021
"Nuku Ora" - previously Sport Wellington
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Upcoming Meetings & Events
Youth Committee Dinner
Aedzuki Bean
Sep 24, 2021
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Committees' Meet
Avalon Pavilion
Oct 04, 2021
Monthly Brunch Meeting
Norma Blue Cafe
Oct 07, 2021
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Board Meeting
Avalon Pavilion
Oct 11, 2021
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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7 Reasons Young (and Young-ish) People Should Join Rotary
How to Log-in
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Risk Management Document
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* Funds Raised - Sergeant's Session - $77.90


* Duffy Books Presentation - Friday 24th September at 9:30 am
      at Rata Street School
* Youth Committee Dinner - Friday 24 September from 5:30pm for 6:00pm start
      at "Adzuki Bean", 164 Jackson St. Petone
*  Monday August 23rd. Rotary Meeting - We will definitely NOT be able to have our Rotary meeting on Monday, August 23rd as we will still be in level 4 lockdown. The Prime Minister will give us a further briefing on August 24th, and I will give you all a further 'heads up' in our bulletin next Friday, August 27th Anne Abbott, President    
* RNZWCS Covid-19 Appeal - Since 2005, Eastern Hutt Rotary Club has been involved with the RUCHI projects and in 2020, Rotary New Zealand World Community Service set up a COVID-19 appeal to help our Pacific neighbours. Now, they are casting the net wider and launching an appeal specifically to help communities in India affected by the pandemic. To read more click here: 


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