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Nick Porter

Trustpower has provided me with excellent opportunity to broaden my knowledge about the electricity, gas, and telecommunications industries, while developing my analytical skills and commercial acumen.

Nick Porter, Junior Energy Market Modeller - Trustpower

Nick Porter

I chose Engineering Science because I’m fascinated with the dynamics of large, complex networks. This same fascination drew me toward studying the large network of generators and consumers that make up our electricity sector. This led me to study electricity market design and optimisation for my Master of Engineering thesis.

I started working for Trustpower immediately after completing my Masters, moving to their office in Mount Maunganui in 2014. Initially, I worked with the Energy Trading team, which is responsible for managing Trustpower’s exposure wholesale electricity prices. These can change significantly from hour to hour and month to month. In this team, I had a hand in developing and improving tools that forecast wholesale price distributions and estimate Trustpower’s exposure to these prices.

At the beginning of 2015 I transferred to the Strategy and Growth team which is responsible for managing Trustpower’s regulatory risk, analysing potential investments and acquisitions, and aiding in the development of unified company strategies. My role has been to model and analyse inputs for business cases and to analyse regulatory policies.

I have been lucky to have had exposure to a wide range of business units that have allowed me to see how all the pieces fit together. Trustpower has provided me with excellent opportunity to broaden my knowledge about the electricity, gas, and telecommunications industries, while developing my analytical skills and commercial acumen. I’ve been made to feel very welcome, and I’ve been given great opportunities to succeed and learn.