Energy Minister Judith Collins yesterday released the new New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy and it’s very disappointing. It’s unambitious, continues business as usual & won’t achieve much. It continues National’s well-worn tactic of playing tricks, rather than actually doing anything. Here’s three reasons why: 1. Targets so low it would be impossible to […]
Yesterday the Green Party launched a plan for cheaper power bills, cleaner electricity generation, and a smarter electricity network. It’s all about empowering consumers. Energy has always been important to the Greens. In fact, the green movement formed around the Manapouri power station campaign. In Parliament, we’ve worked with Labour and National governments to establish […]
The oil and gas industry has launched a marketing campaign in New Zealand to try and convince people how great its dirty fossil fuel products are. I’m not surprised. The fossil fuel industry is no stranger to desperate marketing attempts. They know their products are last century’s fuels and they’re struggling to hold on to […]
The Government’s National Policy Statement on Renewable Energy Generation has been slammed as ineffective by an official report. Ten years ago, the previous Government began work on developing a National Policy Statement (NPS) on Renewable Energy Generation (REG). The idea was to provide guidance to help regional councils streamline their consenting processes for renewable energy […]
The end of the year! 2016 has been…a mixed bag – Trump-ism, losing Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen et al, and the creeping malaise of a tired government. Green Party MP Gareth Hughes shares his year. My highlight of 2016 So many highlights! My two kids had a great year and are now both at school. […]
You’d be forgiven for not noticing that the Government published a new draft energy strategy this week. It’s basically the same as the old energy strategy, which they published in 2011, but with one new target around industrial process emissions intensity. In short, it’s a missed opportunity that shows a lack of bold vision and […]
New data out this week from Statistics NZ paints a concerning picture of energy use across the economy under this National Government. You won’t be surprised to hear that there is some seriously worrying information here about how dirty our economy is becoming, but the good news is that with some decent political leadership, there […]
Gareth Hughes says the public should get a say on Nova Energy’s proposed big new polluting power plant in Waikato
How is it that New Zealand is supposed to be playing our part in the global mission to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change, yet Nova Energy is proposing to build more fossil fuel-burning power plants that emit greenhouse gases?
Today I met with locals living rurally near Otorohanga, south Waikato, who will be affected by Nova Energy’s plan to build a new 360MW gas-fired power station. In a bit of a tag team, James Shaw asked questions in Parliament about the same thing.