energy Archive

  • Gareth Hughes

    The September 20 deep sea oil drilling choice - by Gareth Hughes

    This Election, voters have a very clear choice for New Zealand’s energy future: more fracking as National advocates, more risky deep sea drilling as Labour promotes, or more clean energy like solar that the Greens are pushing. read more
    May 6, 2014 1:35 pm - 8 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Can fracking save the climate? - by Gareth Hughes

    Blogging is a great way MPs can communicate and engage with citizens about the issues facing us. I have joined The Daily Blog blogging team and have so far posted on Anadarko’s failure to find oil and a piece outlining my political vision in the lead up to Septembers Election. My latest Daily Blog looks at comments around fracking and climate change: read more
    April 17, 2014 1:16 pm - 61 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    The future of Huntly? - by Gareth Hughes

    “Huntly…is a symbol of the ‘think big’ centralised fossil fuel-dominated electricity system that served us reasonably well for its time, but like the faded and peeling paint inside the station, it is an old-fashioned reminder times have changed.” read more
    December 10, 2013 2:26 pm - 56 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Clean energy: the real brighter future for New Zealand - by Gareth Hughes

    Over the weekend I launched proposals that will make it easier for families to reap the benefits of solar panels and other small scale renewable distributed generation. read more
    October 7, 2013 2:56 pm - 35 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Going geothermal - by Catherine Delahunty

    Yesterday Gareth Hughes and I visited the Contact Energy geothermal power complex at Wairakei. It was a chance to see how the power stations work including how the energy is managed and how water and waste is treated It was a fascinating opportunity to go inside the older facility at Wairakei built in the 1950’s […] read more
    June 20, 2013 1:03 pm - 108 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Farrar wrong on renewables - by Gareth Hughes

    As you might have caught we have (alongside Labour) announced a plan to cut excessive profits from the Electricity Sector and return the money to households. David Farrar over on Kiwiblog yesterday posted about the total cost of Electricity Production claiming that renewable options – which we prefer are more expensive than coal and gas. […] read more
    April 18, 2013 4:35 pm - 154 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    IMF calls for fossil fuel subsidy reform - by Gareth Hughes

    The IMF have come out strongly against fossil fuel subsidies, saying that they are threatening both the environment and the stability of the global economy. The IMF has calculated around $1.9 trillion worldwide, or 8 percent of Government revenue is spent on energy subsidies the vast majority of these contributing to climate change. read more
    March 28, 2013 2:31 pm - 94 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Lignite coal to stay in the hole - by Gareth Hughes

    I am celebrating today after the news that Solid Energy will be dropping its Lignite project in Southland. This is a win for the climate and our environment and for Southland. read more
    February 22, 2013 3:50 pm - 20 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    What is New Zealand’s best beach? - by Gareth Hughes

    Summer in Aotearoa means sun, sand, BBQs and beaches. But the beaches we love are under threat from deep sea oil drilling. Vote for your favourite beach to find out more. read more
    December 22, 2012 7:22 pm - 23 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Fair hearing for Denniston in Environment Court - by Eugenie Sage

    Forest and Bird deserves every success in its Environment Court case to protect the distinctive coal measures ecosystems and landscapes of the Denniston Plateau. This week the Court began hearing the Society’s appeal against West Coast councils granting resource consents under the RMA to Australian miner, Bathurst Resources’ destructive plans for an open cast coal […] read more
    October 30, 2012 2:04 pm - 1 Comment
  • Gareth Hughes

    EU warns against fracking while NZ oil lobbyist has head in the clouds - by Gareth Hughes

    Last week three new reports commissioned by the European Union about fracking were released, which voiced strong concerns around fracking for shale gas, the unconventional gas sector and the lack of sufficient regulation in place to deal with the shale gas boom. read more
    September 12, 2012 4:48 pm - 3 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Better choices than digging holes in the ground - by Gareth Hughes

    The Government’s “drill it, mine it, frack it” economic plan for New Zealand is a lazy gamble that belies a lack a vision. read more
    August 29, 2012 5:15 pm - 8 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Gas hydrates and the extreme energy age - by Gareth Hughes

    If you needed proof we are in the post-peak oil, extreme energy age one need just look at where the Government is going for their next fix. The Government has recently announced the first tranche of the MoBIE Science and Investment Round which included $3.2 million funding for gas hydrate exploration. read more
    August 29, 2012 11:30 am - 9 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Insulation shambles needs sorting so Christchurch homes can be warmer, drier and healthier - by Eugenie Sage

    Our houses help determine our health. Everyone has a right to a warm, dry and healthy home.  Warm homes can reduce respiratory illnesses and mean fewer days off sick from school or work, and fewer premature deaths among older persons. Much of our housing stock is not built for our climate. Around 1.6 million New […] read more
    June 25, 2012 2:28 pm - 14 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    A twitterstorm is brewing - by Gareth Hughes

    Numerous environmental groups are joining forces to try and break the world record for most tweets of a single hashtag #endfossilfuelsubsidies in a 24 hour period. This is in advance of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, where climate change is expected to feature in discussions. read more
    June 18, 2012 11:13 am - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Jobs and economic development blowing in the wind. - by Gareth Hughes

    New Zealand has been described as the ‘Saudi Arabia of wind’ and I’m optimistic it will play a bigger role in our electricity generating mix. read more
    June 14, 2012 10:48 am - 28 Comments
  • frog

    Last day to submit in opposition to two ghastly Government Bills - by frog

    Today is the last day for submissions on two ghastly Government Bills – the Mixed Ownership Model Bill and the Social Security (Youth Support and Work Focus) Amendment Bill. If you haven’t already made submissions opposing these Bills, please try to find the time today to do so, even if you can manage only a brief submission on each. read more
    April 13, 2012 8:51 am - No Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Stratford public meeting: unanimous support for fracking moratorium from the frontlines - by Gareth Hughes

    Last night I attended a public meeting in Stratford, Taranaki to discuss the local hydraulic fracturing or fracking occurring in the region. The community passed a unanimous motion to call on the Taranaki Councils to place an immediate moratorium on fracking, and to call for an independent inquiry into the process and what is occurring in Taranaki. read more
    March 1, 2012 2:25 pm - 3 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    The best way to oil independence is to provide alternatives and use less - by Gareth Hughes

    The Ministry of Economic Development’s Briefing to the incoming Energy Minister predicts New Zealand could become a net exporter of petroleum by 2030 if new oil fields are developed. It’s a laudable goal to reduce our expensive dependence on foreign oil but it would be a lot smarter to invest in alternatives like better public transport, renewable electricity and sustainable alternative fuels. read more
    February 3, 2012 10:14 am - 31 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Energy Strategy to worsen Energy Outlook - by Gareth Hughes

    The Ministry of Economic Development have released their Energy Outlook for New Zealand and it should be a wake-up call for the Government. The report projects New Zealand’s future energy supply, demand, prices and greenhouse gas emissions but the major challenges identified in it are at odds with the Governments ‘drill it, mine’ fossil-fuel-focused Energy Strategy. read more
    January 30, 2012 12:34 pm - 45 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    The truth about the RMA - by Russel Norman

    Nick Smith has made various claims about RMA delays. This letter has some inconvenient truths for the Minister.   read more
    November 3, 2011 9:15 am - 6 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Boom times for oil and gas? - by David Clendon

    This morning’s  Dominion article about ‘boom times’ for the gas and oil exploration industry is an intriguing, even slightly funny, mix of boosterism, drum beating and dissimulation. The Chair of PEPANZ appears almost breathless with excitement as he seeks to fulfil the primary objective of his organisation, “to publicise, promote and advance the interests of […] read more
    September 7, 2011 9:59 am - 6 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    How many jobs will oil and gas bring NZ? - by Kennedy Graham

    On Tuesday the Government released the final version of its backwards-looking energy strategy. Of passing note is the removal of any overt reference to lignite coal.  Of course bioenergy could be code for it, or ‘alternative transport fuels’ (the Energy Outlook 2010 specifically cites lignite diesel as an alternative transport fuel with potential.) But basically […] read more
    September 1, 2011 12:30 pm - 24 Comments
  • frog

    Found on floor outside Rodney Hide’s office - by frog

    It’s amazing the things that turn up when I’m hopping around Parliament.  Look what I found a few hours ago on a rare visit to the Act Party offices: read more
    April 1, 2011 12:01 am - 12 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Energy security and business - by David Clendon

    An interesting document has come out of Lloyd that reveals some of their thinking about energy security, and the risks and opportunities it provides for business. Lloyds point out that 300 years of experience has given them a bit of an understanding of risk, and it is from that platform that they suggest that now is a really good time to get serious about finding ‘a new energy paradigm’. read more
    June 23, 2010 9:00 am - 5 Comments
  • frog

    Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – again - by frog

    I had high hopes for the so called “top kill”. An end to the leak would mean that things can only get better from here on, that the beginning of the end has started. But no, it was not to be. Here are a few bits and bobs I’ve run across this weekend: This disaster […] read more
    May 30, 2010 10:47 pm - 53 Comments
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons

    Herd homes vs cubicles like home vs prison - by Jeanette Fitzsimons

    Have you ever felt that after a long day inside a building you just have to get out and feel the sun and breathe some air? I guess not being able to do that is one  of the punishments the prison system imposes on offenders. But even they get an hour or so out in […] read more
    December 9, 2009 3:35 pm - 11 Comments
  • frog

    Mokihinui – Brownlee’s burp - by frog

    So this week our Minister of Mining and Damming (aka Energy and Resources) let slip that the Mokihinui hydro-dam “would not go ahead”. Does he know something or was it just his ‘opinion’? Whatever the brain-burp was, he was ill-advised to say it but it’d be nice to think that there may be Moki fans in Government – perhaps they are closet readers of the 1400-fan facebook page! read more
    November 5, 2009 10:16 pm - 28 Comments
  • frog

    Love Wild Rivers? Give them your support - by frog

    Cool. Today a new campaign has been launched for one of New Zealand’s most iconic features – our Wild Rivers. It’s great to see diverse groups – tree-huggers, deer-stalkers, bird-watchers, knobbly-kneed trampers, sharp-edged climbers, risky rafters, kool-kat kayakers, and angelic anglers – representing “over 100,000 New Zealanders” and united in seeking to protect wild rivers […] read more
    October 28, 2009 12:37 pm - 3 Comments
  • frog

    Chalking Nick in Nelson - by frog

    Chalking the opinion of many on the streets of Nelson this morning and challenging Nick Smith, who welcomed Schedule 4 thus: “This Bill at long last puts some pegs in the sand in some very significant areas of New Zealand and says to the mining industries of New Zealand: “These are no-go areas.”…” read more
    October 27, 2009 2:31 pm - 7 Comments
  • frog

    Undermining our most generous gifts - by frog

    On 23 September 1887 – 122 years ago yesterday – Te Heuheu Tukino of Tuwharetoa gifted the mountains of Tongariro, Ngaruhoe and Ruapehu to the people of Aotearoa…. This anniversary was sullied by the fact that the Crown is now considering the Park’s mining potential. read more
    September 24, 2009 2:30 pm - 12 Comments
  • frog

    Damning the tourism jewels - by frog

    The Greens continue to campaign alongside others for the Mokihinui River gorge in the Buller District to remain a wild and scenic free-flowing river. Meridian Energy has applied to the Councils and DOC for consents and concessions to dam the gorge. It’s on protected conservation land, and has historic artifacts such as the old pack […] read more
    June 22, 2009 1:01 pm - 11 Comments
  • frog

    Procurement: which costs are saved? - by frog

    The Government has just announced it is to review and reform state sector procurement. The Government Procurement Reform Agenda is based around four key themes: ·         Cost savings. ·         Building procurement capability and capacity. ·         Enhanced business participation. ·         Improved governance, oversight and accountability. Cost savings:  just to the Government’s expenditure or also saving costs […] read more
    June 11, 2009 11:55 am - 4 Comments
  • frog

    Green light for London Array - by frog

    The world’s biggest offshore wind project, the London Array, just took one step closer to reality as the required 2.2 billion euros in finance has been secured, despite the global financial meltdown. This has important implications for New Zealand. read more
    May 14, 2009 9:48 am - 16 Comments
  • frog

    Nice words, but where’s the action? - by frog

    The release of a Strategy for New Zealand Dairy Farming slipped quietly under the public’s radar this week, with few media picking it up. At the Strategy launch, the PM and Ag Minister David Carter mooed in the direction of the environment: the PM said, “It is important that farmers step up and take leadership […] read more
    May 9, 2009 8:05 pm - 6 Comments
  • frog

    Bluerush – coming hydro or not - by frog

    Last week, Eloise Gibson in the Herald wrote about the sometimes tough choice between renewable generation and other environmental concerns; and on the same day The Press editorial made a strong call on the matter – that “Unique landscapes should always come first ahead of desires for more electricity. If we have to turn off […] read more
    April 21, 2009 1:51 pm - 106 Comments
  • frog

    Bill Gross: Great ideas for finding new energy - by frog

    Another great TED link sent to me from Nigel: Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab, talks about his life as an inventor, starting with his high-school company selling solar energy plans and kits. Learn here about a groundbreaking system for solar cells — and some questions we haven’t yet solved. I shall try and find […] read more
    April 15, 2009 3:13 pm - 1 Comment
  • frog

    Stupid is as stupid does - by frog

    G is for grrrrrrr. G is grump grump. G is for Godawful. G is for Genesis In the beginning there was stupidity and then – Good Lord – there was more stupidity. The latest chapter in this sorry saga called the Book of Genesis is the resource consent for the Rodney gas plant granted by […] read more
    March 30, 2009 11:45 am - 85 Comments
  • frog

    Jeanette questions the wisdom of the Genesis board - by frog

    Jeanette asked the Minister for State Owned Enterprises in the House yesterday whether he has confidence in the board of Genesis Energy. Genesis is proceeding with a consent application for a gas fired power station for which it admits it has no gas and is not economically viable “in a real-world, commercial sense”. The Rodney […] read more
    March 25, 2009 4:08 pm - 19 Comments
  • frog

    Reasons not to believe in John Key’s leadership - by frog

    The Energy [R]evolution is Greenpeace’s plan to save the planet from catastrophic climate change. Susan Sarandon narrates the first of three ‘Reasons to Believe’. This one explains why energy efficiency is so important and also so easily achieved, just by small changes such as a switch from traditional lightbulbs to more energy efficient ones. In […] read more
    March 24, 2009 3:41 pm - 22 Comments