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Time to see the light as NZ struggles to take climate action

By Andrew Booth


When New Zealand ratified the Paris climate agreement last week it was the one bit of positive news in an otherwise bleak month when it came to us taking meaningful action on climate change.

In the space of just a few weeks we published an underwhelming report on our climate action plans (relying heavily on purchasing carbon credits overseas and that hasn’t worked out well so far), announced extensive plans to continue our oil and gas exploration programme, pushed out the deadline to end coal-fired electricity generation and revealed another gas power plant could open when we already have the plans and infrastructure to meet all our power needs using renewable energy.

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Clean energy provides big opportunities for NZ

By Andrew Booth


Solarcity CEO Andrew Booth responds to journalist Pattrick Smellie’s recent opinion piece on the carbon reduction benefits of electricity vehicles and solar panels. 

The Paris climate change agreement says this to our children and grandchildren: “We promise not to expose you to the dangers of climate change.” If we are to keep our word, we have no alternative but to decarbonise our entire economy.

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Electricity industry scared of solar and batteries

By Andrew Booth


 We understand that the electricity sector and EECA do not like the choices its customers are making which have been caused by the 150% increase in power prices they have imposed on families over the last 20 years. But, in New Zealand, a pioneer of fair and open trade, we had hoped that companies and government agencies would respond to competition and innovation with better service, lower costs and increased efficiency.

In the last few months Contact Energy, Meridian Energy, Mighty River EECA, Unison and Powerco have worked together to commission the first in a series of reports that claims increased solar means increased CO2 emissions from the electricity sector. Which, of course, makes no sense.  Further, the report argues, a higher price on carbon will result in more carbon emissions - clearly nonsense. 

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NZ electricity sector drowning us with sun block

By Andrew Booth


The government may not want to admit it, but the Paris climate change agreement has big implications for New Zealand.

In the electricity sector we need to get to 100% renewable generation as quickly as possible. That means we need to close the coal-fired power station at Huntly and other gas-fired power plants around the country.

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Clean solar future - why it pays to get there first

By Andrew Booth


There are high hopes that a global agreement on tackling climate change will be reached during the two-week UN Climate Conference which starts in Paris on Sunday. Cutting greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming below 2°C is critical to the future of life on Earth. 

The science is now unequivocal and it is clear that we will have to put a complete stop to the accumulation of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Our nation cannot afford to sit back and try and save the environment and our children’s future from the sofa. New Zealand needs to move quickly to zero emissions in line with the G7 nations which have rightly acknowledged that this has to be our common objective.

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