One of the goals is for Ōtaki to become known as a place where businesses and researchers can go to research energy use, technologies and community processes around the goal of becoming a ‘virtual off-grid’ town.
Sometimes Energise Ōtaki takes on Interns which in the past have done investigations into energy use for local businesses, education development and surveying energy needs.
A project is underway to identify the best ways to measure progress and the best way to source necessary information.
A Level 1 energy audit was carried out by Ōtaki College in July 2013.
Overall, Ōtaki is only 37% efficient. This shows a huge potential for improving energy efficiency. The report also examines emerging technology paths.