The Authority appoints members to the MDAG to represent the broad array of expertise in the electricity industry.
Bruce Rogers (Acting Chairperson)
Pricing Manager, Orion
Bruce has an economics background and joined the industry in 1994. He has had a variety of roles across retail and distribution parts of the value chain. Bruce has been the Pricing Manager at Orion since 2009 with a current focus on key aspects of the Electricity Authority work programme (TPM, DDA, distribution pricing reform). He is also involved in wider regulatory work and industry developments with new technologies. Bruce was previously a member of the Authority’s Wholesale Advisory Group, and is a current member of a number of ENA working groups.
Manager Fuels Trading, Contact Energy
James has over 20 years’ experience in the New Zealand energy industry. James’s current role is Head of Fuels at Contact Energy, a role that sees him responsible for the management of the fuel supply (natural gas, LPG and diesel) for Contact’s thermal power stations and retail customers. James is also responsible for the commercial operation of the Ahuroa Gas Storage facility. Prior to this role, James held a number of senior positions at Contact Energy.
Wholesale Markets Manager, Mercury Energy
James is the Wholesale Markets Manager at Mercury NZ Limited and has held this role since February 2015. His responsibilities include management of Mercury’s energy portfolio including real-time electricity dispatch and market optimisation, fuel position management, energy derivatives and futures trading, transmission and analytical support functions. He also heads up the Commercial and Industrial Sales team. Prior to joining Mercury, James worked in various management roles within Carter Holt Harvey in New Zealand and in the electricity sector in the United Kingdom. James holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree from Auckland University and an MBA from Oxford University.
Energy Manager, Oji Fibre Solutions
Darren has worked right across the NZ energy industry in a variety of roles – previous employers have included ECNZ, MRP, TransAlta, OnEnergy, NGC, MED, Electricity Commission, M-Co and Transpower. Darren has a wealth of knowledge across wholesale, transmission, distribution, retail, large industry and regulatory affairs. Among other things, Darren was on the Electricity Commission Establishment unit in 2003, and refined much of what forms the present Electricity Industry Participation Code. Darren’s present role is the Energy Manager for Oji Fibre Solutions, NZ’s largest energy user and fourth largest electricity user.
Chief Executive, emhTrade
Stu has a background as an energy trader and quantitative analyst. He has over ten years experience trading in NZ markets including spot trading, ASX and OTC futures and options, including market making of these contracts as well as FTRs and other derivatives. Stu has also traded physical electricity and gas products in the UK and Europe. He is currently CEO and Co-Founder of emhTrade, a proprietary trading firm and independent retailer. The firm specialises in using software automation and analytics to trade electricity and provide insight across the supply chain. The firm launched one of the world's first residential peer-to-peer electricity platforms in 2016 and continues to develop this product. Over the last ten years Stu has had a keen involvement in the regulatory process, particularly in regards to wholesale market design. He has previously sat on the Locational Price Risk Technical Group and chaired the Settlement and Prudential Security Technical Group and is a current member of the ASX Users Group and the FTR Users Group.
Regulatory Affairs and Pricing Manager, Transpower
With over ten years’ experience in the energy sector, Rebecca has worked for Meridian Energy, Energy for Industry, Pioneer Energy and is currently the Regulatory Affairs and Pricing Manager for Transpower. These roles have encompassed commercial, development, trading, market risk, strategic and regulatory functions. Her industry-wide experience includes large gentailers, independent generators, new entrant retailers, innovative energy products, transmission and heat energy. Prior to these roles, Rebecca worked as a consulting Process Engineer in New Zealand and the UK across industries including dairy, chemicals and natural gas.
Manager – Energy Procurement Advisory Services Australia/NZ, Enel X
Matt Rowe is the Manager of the Procurement Advisory Team for Enel X Australia & New Zealand. Matt is predominantly responsible for helping Enel X clients buy energy more effectively. Matt oversees a team that manages utility procurement deals, assists clients understand and manage market price exposure and helps them to identify options to change and optimise their energy tariffs. Prior to joining Enel X three years ago, Matt had over 13 years of experience in the energy sector in both Australasia and Europe. He has worked at companies such as Schneider Electric, CBRE, and EMCOR. During the course of his career, Matt has worked as a consultant, client side and in the external outsourced role, recognising and successfully managing the specific challenges in each. Matt has extensive experience working with utilities and commercial, industrial, and institutional customers on energy procurement and energy efficiency programs. Matt is a Masters graduate of the University of Otago, New Zealand, and has a Diploma in Financial Markets.
Portfolio and Strategy Manager, Trustpower
James Tipping has managed strategy development and regulatory affairs at Trustpower since 2011, covering both energy and telecommunications. His background is in electricity wholesale market analytics, and he joined Trustpower in the wholesale markets team in 2009. Prior to this he consulted in Australasia and across Europe for several years, working for numerous energy regulators and policy makers, developers and market participants, in the areas of energy market forecasting, risk management, policy development and investment valuation. James completed a PhD at the University of Canterbury focused on modelling electricity spot prices, following undergraduate study majoring in Operations Research, Economics and Statistics.