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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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Solar, batteries and electric vehicles support strong energy future

By solarcity


A new government report says the combination of solar, batteries and electric vehicles will support a stable grid as we increase our use of renewable electricity over the next 25 years.

The report, produced by MBIE, looks at five scenarios that have been developed “to explore a plausible range of uncertainty about the future electricity system”. It starts with the premise that there will be an increasing demand for electricity, whether or not the aluminium smelter at Tiwai Point continues operating. It also sees big scale coal-fired generation ending in the early to mid 2020s when the Huntly Power Station closes.

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What planet is Genesis on?

By solarcity


 August 25, 2016
In Paris, last December, the world agreed it was vital to stop burning fossil fuels if there was to be any chance of winning the fight against climate change. Now, Genesis Energy has announced it is seriously thinking about re-opening one of its gas and coal fired turbines at the Huntly Power Station “if the market made it desirable”. Are they joking? How about what Kiwis and the rest of the world want?

To make coal an even more appealing option to Genesis, its CEO Marc England says it’s currently “a buyers market for fuel”. By this he probably means that coal prices are dropping through the floor as the world turns its back on the climate damaging fuel and that’s something Genesis should be capitalising on.

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Eight reasons solar will help shape a stronger energy future

By solarcity


Solar is a smart new way to generate electricity, right where it’s needed, and it’s turning the current centralised generating model upside down. Tony Seba, from Stanford University, lectures on this subject around the world. He predicts the combination of solar, battery and electric vehicle technology is creating change that will be as rapid and as unforeseen as the switch from horse-drawn carriages to cars in the early 20th century.

Here are the top eight reasons why solar is going to help shape a stronger energy future for New Zealand by providing cleaner, more affordable power for our homes, businesses and vehicles while making the electricity network more robust.

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We’re fighting to have solar tax dumped

By solarcity


Earlier this week the Electricity Authority (EA) apparently ruled against two submissions calling on it to overturn Unison Energy’s solar tax. It said Unison Energy was within its rights to charge solar users the extra solar tax, thanks to a loophole within the industry’s own rules.

We’ve also made a submission to the EA but our complaint is yet to be heard. We know that right is on our side so we won’t be giving up. We believe what Unison is doing is unacceptable, unlawful and a clear abuse of monopoly power.

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