Climate Defence Tour launched

The Greens’ Climate Defence Tour started on Sunday afternoon at the Lyttelton Port when about 30 people, including Jeanette Fitzsimons, gathered to watch the launching of an experimental wave machine being investigated by Industrial Research Limited. Jeanette addressed the crowd, stating that the Government needed to foster small engineering projects that contribute to the research and production of renewable energies. Highlighting the presence of ‘Coal Mountain’, the stockpile of coal extracted from the West Coast waiting to be exported to overseas’ markets looming over the other side of the Port; Jeanette praised the wave machine as a symbol of ‘new energy vs. old energy’.

Jeanette at Climate Defence Tour launch

As a country naturally endowed with a vast coastline, the potential of wave technology should surely be treated as an important contribution to the sustainable energy solution. What is highlighted by these projects, however, is the difficulty in finding suitable funding to achieve further development, and competition with larger power generation companies. Is the solution to favour the research and development of smaller, community-based sustainable power initiatives, and a move away from a large centralised grid?

Jeanette on boat at launch

4 thoughts on “Climate Defence Tour launched

  1. I would love to know what they are planning to build the real one out of, and how much it’s likely to cost to build.

    respectfully
    BJ

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  2. Frog asks:
    Is the solution to favour the research and development of smaller, community-based sustainable power initiatives, and a move away from a large centralised grid?

    It seems to me that, while it is all very lovely and nice for the Greens to be working closely with EECA on its small solar water heater operational work, next time around (or now??) the Greens should push to work closely with the Ministry for Economic Development (MED) and the Electricity Commission. As I hear it, MED seem to be the people with the real clout in government energy policy – insofar as any officials can be said to have any clout, operating as they do under the will of their Ministers.

    Does that help answer your question frog?

    Did input or work on the draft NZ Energy Strategy help answer the question? (If not, why not?)

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  3. bj,

    They “real ones” will be constructed largely of fibreglass.

    Local Banks Peninsula Greens were there with Jeanette at the launch … (some with young children who did not need to be “spanked”!)

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  4. As half share-holder in the Selwyn Plantation board, the Chch City Council, is responsible for a large part of the dairy conversions on the Canterbury plane.
    jh

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