Clean energy boost as Ara Ake launched

Details on Ara Ake, the National New Energy Development Centre funded by the Government and established by Venture Taranaki have been revealed.

Are Ake will lead the development of new clean energy technologies and work with businesses to commercialise their innovations creating high-paying local jobs.

The Government invested $27m in the Centre in Budget 2019 as part of its Just Transitions strategy for Taranaki. Venture Taranaki, the region’s economic development agency, was given responsibility for setting it up.

Energy Minister Megan Woods said with over 7,000 people employed across the oil and gas sector in Taranaki, the skills, knowledge, expertise and international links are already available in the region.