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Summer and solarZero are here, NZ urged to increase EV uptake

We're all about saving you energy and have rounded up the latest solar, climate and energy news so you don't have to.

Solar and batteries

Tomorrow is the first day of summer and we're launching our revolutionary new solarZero service with a free Gig for Good in Auckland. Leading local musicians including Moses Mackay from SOL3 MIO, Jon Lemmon, Jason Kerrison, The Beat Council and Caleb from Sons of Zion will take to the stage to champion climate change action and entertain concert goers, with their sets powered by solar. If you can’t make it, we’ll be livestreaming the whole three-hour event on our Facebook page.

Renewables and fossil fuels

The New York Times takes an in-depth look at why it is so hard for the world to quit coal - the fuel that has led the planet to the brink of catastrophic climate change.

Engineers have pitched their ideas for getting New Zealand to carbon zero, focusing on electricity and transport: the two areas where, they say, good engineering can make a difference, reports Newsroom.

A US-based company is seeking $50 million from the Government to support a feasibility study for a clean hydrogen power plant in Taranaki, reports Stuff. The project would be disastrous for the climate and New Zealand’s rivers, says Greenpeace which is calling on the Government to rule it out.

Climate change

Global efforts to tackle climate change are way off track says the UN, as it details the first rise in CO2 emissions in four years, reports RNZ.

As part of Stuff series on climate change, Charlie Mitchell takes an in-depth look at the impact of rising sea levels on New Zealand's coastal communities. Stuff also reports that large parts of the Lower Hutt suburb of Petone could be under water before the end of the century if climate change continues on its current path. And, last week’s flooding in Otago may become a regular occurrence, writes Niwa climate scientist Daniel Collins in the ODT.

US President Donald Trump says he read parts of a US government report projecting that climate change will cost the country's economy billions of dollars by the end of the century, but he does not believe the economic impacts will be devastating, reports RNZ.

Power prices

University of Otago researchers estimate that economic benefits of up to $100 million could be gained by using household appliances to shift more electricity demand into off-peak hours, reports the ODT.

Maintenance work on power cables that carry electricity underneath the Cook Strait resulted in huge spikes in the wholesale price of electricity at the start of the week, reports Stuff.

A measly 108 submissions to the Government's major review of New Zealand electricity pricing is being interpreted as either a vote of confidence or an indication of the complexity of the issue, reports the NZ Herald.

Electric vehicles

New Zealand politicians need to get more ambitious with electric vehicle incentives if they wants to meet targets and are serious about cutting carbon emissions, says the secretary general of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association, reports the NZ Herald.

A group of Auckland entrepreneurs want to get Kiwis thinking about smarter transport solutions and sustainability by racing electric cars around the city’s waterfront, reports Newsroom.