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NZ electricity market well-placed to drive innovation

Fri, 4 Sep 2015 10:36:11 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says it’s encouraging an experts’ electricity forum has endorsed the Government’s market-led approach to regulating the electricity sectorMore >>

“Yes, We Can” James Shaw’s Carbon Emission Target

Thu, 3 Sep 2015 14:38:48 +1200 | Francis Cook

“Yes, we can” James Shaw’s Carbon Emission Target Story and Images by Francis CookMore >>

Oil and gas Block Offer 2016 consultation begins

Thu, 3 Sep 2015 14:17:09 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Hon Simon Bridges Minister of Energy and Resources 3 September 2015 Oil and gas Block Offer 2016 consultation begins More >>

National’s empty economic complacency fails today and future

Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:37:53 +1200 | Green Party

New data that shows slowing economic activity and record low business confidence confirms that National’s brand of complacent economic management and protecting the status quo isn’t working, the Green Party said. More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Helen Clark

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:55:38 +1200 | The Nation

Global commitments to greenhouse gas reductions ahead of Paris are not enough to tackle climate change and developed countries, including New Zealand, need “to do more” “We need New Zealand to act. We need everyone to act”. Asked about ...More >>

Time for inquiry into petrol margins

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:49:08 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

It’s time for an inquiry into petrol companies as margins are once again at the high levels that prompted concerns late last year, says Labour's Energy Spokesperson Stuart Nash. "Over the December January holiday period, petrol importer margins ...More >>

Statoil caught breaking own rules to woo iwi

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:37:48 +1200 | Greenpeace

Thursday 27 August - Norwegian oil giant Statoil has been snapped during a visit to New Zealand, trying to win over individual iwi leaders rather than engaging collectively in line with its own protocols.More >>

Transpower’s Demand Response Programme Open for Business

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:06:50 +1200 | Transpower

Transpower today launched its latest Demand Response Programme and is inviting energy consumers to be involved. The programme targets specific areas throughout New Zealand, and also encourages new sectors including agri-business, campus-style organisations ...More >>

Genesis-Solid Energy contract debacle another oversight fail

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:20:59 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Genesis-Solid Energy contract debacle another oversight failure Genesis Energy’s astonishing ability to unilaterally cancel its coal supply contract with Solid Energy means many of its other customers could follow suit and shows, yet again, a shocking ...More >>

Pre-paid power parity needed

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:19:12 +1200 | Green Party

The Green Party is calling on all power companies to follow Contact’s lead and equalise pre-paid power prices with post-paid prices. More >>

Contact bows to pressure

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:13:40 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Contact Energy’s decision to cut its pre-pay rates to be in line with its customers who pay monthly is good news and the company deserves credit for responding so quickly, says Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson David Shearer. More >>

Otahuhu Power Station closes with the rise of sustainability

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:13:32 +1200 | Climate Justice Taranaki

“Contact Energy’s announcement to close down its gas-fired Otahuhu power station, at the wake of Genesis’ plan to shut down Huntly’s coal-burning generators and the Solid Energy debacle, are clear signs that the era of fossil fuel dependence ...More >>

Govt being left behind on clean energy transition

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:39:53 +1200 | Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Government to set a goal of 100 percent renewable electricity generation or risk being left behind as industry leads the transition from dirty fossil fuel electricity generation to clean renewable power, the Green ...More >>

Government accused of sabotaging a second SOE

Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:17:30 +1200 | Postal Workers Union of Aotearoa

The Government is being accused of sabotaging another state owned enterprise following the collapse of Solid Energy. More >>

Govt must learn Solid Energy lessons in Landcorp review

Sat, 15 Aug 2015 13:07:15 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

National must learn the lessons from Solid Energy’s final collapse this week and apply them to Landcorp, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.More >>

Far North power pricing submissions: “Please think again”

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:33:14 +1200 | Top Energy

Top Energy and the Top Energy Consumer Trust have called for the Electricity Authority (EA) to go back to the drawing board over proposals that could see Far North communities facing electricity transmission increases of $266 a year, or 172 percent of current ...More >>

Electricity Authority’s Unacceptable Line Charge Rort

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:03:55 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

The Wellington-based Electricity Authority has been criticised by New Zealand First’s submission on its Transmission Pricing Methodology, which will hike up lines charges for most New Zealand homes, businesses and farmers.More >>

NZ capitalising on abundant energy resources

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:46:26 +1200 | New Zealand Government

The latest Energy in New Zealand (ENZ) report shows the proportion of renewable energy making up our domestic supply is at a record high, Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says. ENZ is the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s ...More >>

Iran’s nuclear deal reconsidered

Sat, 8 Aug 2015 10:56:29 +1200 | Bob Rigg

US President Eisenhower was carried away by the prospect of the widespread international use of peaceful nuclear energy and, in December 1953, proclaimed an international programme called Atoms for Peace with two major declared objectives: encouraging ...More >>

Post-cabinet: TPPA, Family Violence and Solid Energy

Mon, 3 Aug 2015 17:35:34 +1200 | Megan Gattey

Prime Minister John Key discussed the current situation on the TPPA, Solid Energy and the upcoming discussion document on family violence in a post-cabinet press conference today.More >>


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