How it all began
After living in the Netherlands for 2 years and following the wind farm developments there, Al Yates (CEO) returned to New Zealand in 2003 and founded Wind Farm Group with the mission of developing wind farms in New Zealand.
At the same time Al registered retail brand Airtricity to prepare for a retail offering once the wind farms were developed. The Ecotricity Gentricity brands were added to the stable.
Ecotricity was founded in 2013 by Al Yates (CEO) and brother Mark Yates (Director). In 2014, Wind Farm Group (Airtricity) and Pioneer Energy (Central Lakes Trust) teamed up to establish Ecotricity and provide the only Toitū carbonzero certified renewable electricity to the market.
In late 2019 Ecotricity and Genesis Energy entered into a NewRenewable partnership accelerating the development of new wind, solar and storage projects.
The partnership included Genesis Energy’s purchase of Pioneer Energy’s share in Ecotricity, with Ecotricity founders Al and Mark Yates retaining their ownership. Genesis Energy is 51% Government owned, so we are part owned by a team of 5 million kiwis.
The Ecotricity head office is in Auckland, New Zealand, and in 2022 is the fastest growing retailer.
In August 2022 Ecotricity decided to step it up and fully commit to the climate by gaining the Toitū climate positive certification, which was received in January 2023.
Living wage employer
We value our staff and want to ensure they’re in a financial position to enjoy life and support their families. All employees at Ecotricity receive the living wage or above.
Our staff are the battery pack for our business and we value their hard work and commitment. So, we do what’s best to create a safe, fun and fair work environment for the entire team. In conjunction with becoming a living wage employer, we also conduct a pay review twice a year, an annual work culture survey and monthly social events.
We also provide our own EV or Ebike rebate to encourage staff to lower their emissions.
“At Ecotricity we’re doing our best to help shape a better and cleaner New Zealand. Not only are we Toitū climate positive certified, we are Living Wage certified because it’s the right thing to do for our team. It was a simple decision to make, we recommend other companies do the same.”
Sustainability is core to our company, all employees have a responsibility to ensure we meet our climate positive commitments.
At Ecotricity we strive to be the best in the electricity industry with regards to environmental and social impacts.
Flexible working arrangements
- Our growing team of 45 have adapted to a hybrid working environment where employees can choose to work from the office or at home.
- We are Toitū climate positive certified as a company which means we measure and offset any carbon emissions the business produces.
- We have a fully electric fleet of corporate vehicles, plus charging stations at our car park.
- Our employees can choose to purchase an Ebike or EV for work or pleasure in which we partially fund.
Award winning service
2023 Climate Action Leader
2023 Excellence in Sustainability
2023 Retailer of The Year Award
2022 Communicating for Impact Award
2016 Mega Efficiency Innovation Award
2016 Community Innovation Award