Rob Bernau – General Manager Market Design
Rob leads our market design team, which is responsible for Code development and market facilitation in the retail and wholesale markets. This includes promoting to consumers the benefits of comparing and switching retailers.
Rob has experience delivering complex work programmes in challenging environments and an in-depth knowledge of regulatory organisations.
Before joining the Authority, Rob was Head of Energy, Airports and Dairy Regulation at the Commerce Commission. Rob was responsible for the Commission’s economic regulation of electricity lines, gas pipelines and major airports, and for the Commission’s regulatory functions in the dairy sector. Since 2016 Rob has also been responsible for overseeing the Commission’s interface with the Electricity Authority, particularly in relation to evolving technologies in the electricity sector. Rob joined the Commission in September 2010 as General Counsel in the Regulation Branch. Before 2010, Rob worked for New Zealand Post in network access and legal roles, and for Chapman Tripp.
Rob holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Otago.
Rory Blundell - General Manager Market Performance
Rory leads our market performance team, which is responsible for market services, data management, modelling, market monitoring and market performance reviews.
The team looks after the overall operation of the electricity system and market including managing all of the market operations service provider contracts. The team also manages the provision of modelling and data analysis to support the Authority’s wider work. Much of this data is made publicly available through the emi.ea.govt.nz website.
Before Rory joined the Authority, he was Manager-Integrated Portfolio at Contact Energy. He has over 10 years’ experience within the industry, spanning a variety of roles in the wholesale and hedge market, risk management and responsibility for Contact Energy’s trading operations. He brings strategic and analytical management expertise to the Market Performance team, with an emphasis on producing results-driven, robust and insightful analysis to support internal and external stakeholders.
Rory has a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and a Bachelor of Engineering Science with First Class Honours, both from the University of Auckland.