To help deliver on its new direction, the Forum is advancing the following three key workstreams:
FNF's Outreach with Purpose workstream is developing a comprehensive stakeholder communications and engagement plan to gain a comprehensive understanding of the evolving needs of consumers and stakeholders. The FNF’s direction, development plans, and solutions will be evaluated with other ENA working groups and relevant industry bodies to ensure alignment.
Recognising the immense value of peer connections to share challenges, opportunities and ideas, the workstream is hosting quarterly ‘Innovation Forums’ open to representatives from all EDBs, including an annual ‘unconference’ for sector-wide stakeholders. Following a successful launch of the first innovation forum in July, the second forum will be hosted in Wellington on Wednesday 15 November.
The Strategic Context workstream is exploring existing sector assumptions, inflexion points and potential 2050 scenarios, while building a greater understanding of consumer and stakeholder segmentation, and the decarbonisation journey. This workstream will also explore with EDBs and the wider sector what the future roles and functions of EDBs would be in those scenarios.
The Aligned Solutions workstream is co-ordinating with EDBs, the Electricity Engineers’ Association, retailers, flexibility providers, distributed generation investors, Transpower and other stakeholders to develop aligned solutions that work for the whole system. These will be particularly focused on areas where consistency between EDBs is important.
Any representatives from EDBs seeking further information or wanting to express interest in participating in the FNF or attending its events should contact the FNF at FNF@electricity.org.nz.