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Powershop tops in energy retailing, but Mighty River sneaks ahead to claim overall Deloitte prize

Powershop tops in energy retailing, but Mighty River sneaks ahead to claim overall Deloitte prize

The electricity, oil, gas and petroleum industries convened last week for the 2012 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards, where Mighty River Power won three prizes including Overall Energy Company of the Year.

According to the judging panel, Mighty River Power’s strong retail performance, combined with its successful international expansion, set it apart. Mighty River Power’s chief executive Doug Heffernan was also recognised as the Energy Executive of the Year, and its Glo-Bug pay-as-you-go consumer system won the Innovation in Electricity category.

Powershop, however, was named energy retailer of the year.

Meanwhile, Orion was recognised with the Excellence in Health and Safety award for its emergency preparedness and ongoing support provided to staff and contractors, during the major earthquakes in the Christchurch region in 2011.

Guest of honour, energy and resources minister Phil Heatley, says the New Zealand energy sector is an essential part of the country’s infrastructure and makes a significant contribution to the economy.

“A thriving and high-achieving energy sector is essential to a growing economy and to improve the standard of living of New Zealanders ... Best practice is what the sector should be aspiring to, and when it is achieved we should celebrate that."

 

THE WINNERS:

Innovation in Electricity

Mighty River Power – Glo-Bug

Energy Project of the Year

Shell Todd Oil Services – Extending the life of an energy giant – Maui

Excellence in Health & Safety

Orion – Health and safety during emergency response

Environmental Excellence

Transpower Alliance – Environmental excellence down the wires

Young Energy Executive of the Year

Tony Sumner – Meridian Energy

Energy Executive of the Year

Doug Heffernan – Mighty River Power

Lines Company of the Year

Top Energy

Energy Retailer of the Year

Powershop

Overall Energy Company of the Year

Mighty River Power

Editor’s award for outstanding contribution to the sector

Sir John Todd