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.
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.
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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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.