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Govt spend on transport out of step with reality

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:20:39 +1300 | Green Party

The National Government is planning to allocate ever increasing amounts of taxpayer funding to build expensive new motorways despite record numbers of New Zealanders flocking to buses and trains, said the Green Party.More >>

Solar homes stymied by Govt inaction

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:02:07 +1300 | Green Party

Government inaction is allowing the big power companies to discourage the nascent solar power sector, the Green Party said today. Green Party MP Gareth Hughes launched a petition today calling on the Government to empower the Electricity Authority to ...More >>

Kiwi activists crowdfund billboard for Simon Bridges

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:43:34 +1300 | ActionStation

Almost seven thousand New Zealanders have taken part in a crowdfunding campaign, and have raised enough money to put a billboard up in Tauranga that is directed at Simon Bridges, the Minister of Energy and Resources.More >>

Energy users need answers on Vector share plans

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:00:36 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

Energy Minister Simon Bridges needs to stop ducking for cover about whether or not the Government will support plans to nationalise and then privatise $2.1 billion of shares in the Auckland Electricity Consumer Trust, Labour's Energy spokesperson ...More >>

Is your car pumped for the holidays?

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:16:15 +1300 | Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

As motorists load up their car boots for the Christmas holidays, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) says they should take a few minutes at the petrol station to check tyre pressure and give tyres a bit more air than usual. More >>

Gearing up for an Epic Road Trip from Top to Tip of NZ

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:17:27 +1300 | Dee and Steve West

The first two Tesla Model S cars to arrive in New Zealand have seen a good chunk of this beautiful country, even though they landed only a few short weeks ago. More >>

Turning tower into a sustainability leader – waste of money

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:32:00 +1300 | Cameron Brewer

“Auckland Council’s purchase of the ASB Tower arguably made some economic sense long-term, but retrofitting this 1990s glass high-rise to become some kind of modern-day sustainability leader is completely unnecessary and unwarranted. In fact it’s just ...More >>

Climate Change Performance Index 2015: More Action Needed

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:13:01 +1300 | Germanwatch

Global CO2 emissions rise at lower rates, giving some reason to hope for limiting climate change | Canada and Australia worst performers of all industrialised countries More >>

New Zealand First Resists Power Grab for Vector

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:35:26 +1300 | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First will resist any attempt to nationalise the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust (AECT), the majority owner of Vector, unless it has the full backing of households, flats and businesses in Auckland, Manukau and northern parts of Papakura.More >>

Market CommentaryDecember 2014

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:36:54 +1300 | Electricity Authority

The final Market Commentary for the year includes an overview of the market operation service providers, an update on the development of the hedge market and details of the smart meter roll out in New Zealand.More >>

EPA looks forward to high levels of compliance with EEZ law

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:40:27 +1300 | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is expecting high levels of compliance with the new Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) legislation as operators become more familiar with the regime’s strict new requirements.More >>

Government can’t rely on geothermal to grow itself

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:07:41 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

While Electricity Authority figures showing geothermal has risen from the fourth to the second highest source of power generation are a promising sign for a geothermal renaissance, there can be no cause for complacency, Labour’s Energy spokesperson ...More >>

Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner’s cases up 127%

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:04:22 +1300 | Electricity and Gas Complaints Commission

In the six-months to 30 September 2014 the office of the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner (EGCC) received 2238 complaints about electricity and gas companies. This is up from 986 in the same period last year and shows an increase of 127%. More >>

New Oil and Gas Permits at odds with Climate Obligations

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:02:03 +1300 | Climate Justice Taranaki

“It is foolish and reckless for the NZ government to continue pushing for fossil fuel exploration. The government is ignoring its global obligation to tackling climate change. It’s turning a blind eye to legitimate concerns from kiwis who care about ...More >>

Greenpeace closing down Statoil office now

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:22:08 +1300 | Greenpeace New Zealand

Wellington, 10 December 2014 - This morning Greenpeace activists are barricading shut Statoil’s new Wellington office before the Norwegian oil giant has fully opened for business.More >>

Govt awards 15 new oil and gas permits

Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:57:06 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the award of 15 new oil and gas exploration permits as a result of Block Offer 2014. Block Offer 2014 includes six onshore permits across the Taranaki, West Coast and East Coast basins, and nine ...More >>

Simon Bridges Speech: Block Offer 2014 Permit Awards

Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:55:27 +1300 | New Zealand Government

The oil and gas industry is already a vital part of the New Zealand economy. Oil is our fourth largest commodity export after dairy, meat and wood, and oil and gas combined contribute more than $2.7 billion to GDP each year.More >>

Making the dream Christmas gift even better

Mon, 8 Dec 2014 17:12:12 +1300 | Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

Electronics are on the top of many people’s wish list for Xmas but you can make the gift even better by making sure your purchase is energy efficient. More >>

85% would be inclined to buy an electric car if cost same

Mon, 8 Dec 2014 17:07:13 +1300 | Pulse Energy

Survey respondents strongly indicate that if electric cars were more available at a reasonable price, the uptake in New Zealand could be as high as anywhere else in the world. These results may surprise auto makers as only 15% are saying they would ...More >>

Heads in the Sand in Response to Govt Climate Policies

Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:23:08 +1300 | Joint Press Release

One hundred Wellingtonians braved the weather today to make a statement about the climate. They literally put their heads in the sand at Oriental Bay as a mass visual response to the Government's inaction on climate change and to its ongoing threats ...More >>

 

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