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. Next year's Summer School will be held from Monday 19 February to Thursday 22 February 2018 at the University of Auckland Business School, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Rd, Auckland. The Energy Centre is supported by the Energy Education Trust of New Zealand.


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Summer School attendees 2017

An efficient and reliable energy system is fundamental to economic growth and wellbeing in New Zealand. The purpose of the Summer School is to outline some of the key issues facing New Zealand, including:

  • Dependence on imported liquid fuel.
  • Developing and integrating renewable sources of energy.
  • Public transport.
  • Climate change.

The School will be divided into two parts:

The first part will review economic models for analysing energy policy, including: basic models of supply and demand; and dynamic models demonstrating the role of uncertainty in energy policy analysis.

The second part will focus on energy markets, emerging technologies, transport planning, and energy policy. Insights into the practical aspects of energy supply will come from industry representatives.

A certificate of participation will be awarded to the attendees.

Summer School

The Summer School is offered at no cost. There is a limit of 60 participants allocated on a first come, first served basis. Meals and coffee breaks will be catered for. Dates for next year's summer school are tentatively Monday 19 February to Thursday 22 February 2018 (9am-4pm). Register for the 2018 Summer School will be announced in November 2017.


Applicants must be over 18 years of age. Online registration for the next Summer School will be advised.


The 2018 Summer School timetable will be available shortly.

Financial assistance for Māori participants

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