The impact of the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes on energy use in Christchurch is apparent when electricity, petrol and diesel use is compared to prior periods
Electricity use in Christchurch was impacted minimally by the September earthquake but substantially as a result of the February earthquake. March to June electricity use in 2011 was 15% down on the same months in 2010.
Petrol use in Christchurch was impacted significantly by the September earthquake but exhibited a quick recovery. The February earthquake substantially impacted petrol use. March to May petrol use in 2011 was 8% down on the same months in 2010, but is showing signs of recovery towards pre-earthquake levels.
Diesel use in Christchurch has been significantly impacted as a result of the September and February earthquakes. September 2010 to May 2011 diesel usage in Christchurch was almost 7% higher than the previous equivalent period, reflecting the effort applied to earthquake response and recovery work.
CAfE is the official energy agency for Christchurch. We are committed to developing Christchurch as an energy-smart city.