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Contact signs new Maui gas purchase agreement

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:16:15 +1300 | Contact Energy

Contact Energy Limited (Contact) announced today that it has entered into a new agreement with Maui Development Limited (MDL) to purchase between 22 and 26 petajoules of gas over a two-to-three year period. The new agreement replaces an agreement that expired ...More >>

Mighty River again confirms no energy price increase

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:20:17 +1300 | Mighty River Power

Mighty River Power today announced there will be no increase in headline energy prices for the Company’s residential electricity and gas customers on 1 April 2015. More >>

RMA changes won’t build more homes

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:19:05 +1300 | Green Party

RMA changes won’t build more homes The National Government must stop using the Resource Management Act as the straw man for its own failure to build more homes and put an end to the country’s housing crisis, the Green Party says. Today, Environment ...More >>

Fuel price falls should mean lower farm costs

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:48:35 +1300 | Federated Farmers

The continuing fall in fuel prices should be reflected in lower farm input costs Federated Farmers believes. More >>

Throughput and Margin Report for November/December 2014

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:58:23 +1300 | Refining NZ

The Gross Refinery Margin1) (GRM) for the period was USD 9.98 per barrel with a throughput of 7.1 million barrels. This delivered a Processing Fee income of NZD 63.9 million, enabling the Fee Floor2) to be completely paid back to customers. The average exchange ...More >>

NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:53:14 +1300 | NASA

The year 2014 now ranks as the warmest on record since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA scientists. More >>

U.S. Blows Off North Korea’s Offer to Stop Nuclear Tests

Sun, 18 Jan 2015 10:41:13 +1300 | David Swanson

The U.S. should negotiate with North Korea on its proposal to cancel nuclear tests in exchange for a U.S. suspension of joint military exercises with South Korea. More >>

Smart Energy Challenge open for submissions

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 13:14:46 +1300 | Smart Energy Challenge

Applications are now open for the Smart Energy Challenge 2015 . The initiative, now in its second year, is a partnership between Wellington City Council and Enspiral to develop and fund a variety of community-driven projects that make better use of ...More >>

Beach users urged to report dolphins and whales in trouble

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:22:27 +1300 | Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland, 15 January 2015 – Beach users in the upper North Island are being urged to keep a close eye out for whales and dolphins in trouble this summer. More >>

Visiting scientist says fusion energy is way of the future

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:28:09 +1300 | University of Canterbury

A scientist from one of the world’s leading universities says fusion energy is the future of clean energy and can solve the looming global energy crisis, though challenges remain.More >>

Welcome to earth...ship

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:21:25 +1300 | Thames Coromandel District Council

Earthship Te Timatanga launched its project with an official welcome in Hikuai on Sunday ahead of the build. More >>

Petrol retailers and importers must pass on savings

Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:28:15 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

New Zealand’s petrol retailers and importers must start passing on savings to Kiwis motorists following the dramatic drop in the price of crude oil, Labour’s Energy Spokesman Stuart Nash says.More >>

Activists Permanently Shut Down Vermont Yankee Nuke Plant

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:02:04 +1300 | Harvey Wasserman

The Vermont Yankee atomic reactor goes permanently off-line today, Dec. 29, 2014. Citizen activists have made it happen. The number of licensed U.S. commercial reactors is now under 100 where once it was to be 1,000.More >>

Hitting The Road for a Better NZ for EV-eryone

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:23:18 +1300 | Leading The Charge Road Trip

Thousands of New Zealanders are on the road this holiday season. A group of Electric Vehicle enthusiasts are leaving Auckland on Wednesday, December 30th and their first stop is the Northern Bass festival near Mangawhai. More >>

A water policy that’s fair for all New Zealanders

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:55:28 +1300 | Maori Council

A water policy that’s fair for all New Zealanders A national water policy framework must provide for the interests of the natural environment, the general public and Māori, say the Co-Chairs of the Council, Maanu Paul and Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie, ...More >>

Renewable electricity generation continues to rise

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:16:06 +1300 | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) today published the September quarter 2014 edition of the New Zealand Energy Quarterly. More >>

Sustainable Housing Development Reaches New Milestone

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:47:53 +1300 | Unison

A sustainable housing development in Hastings has reached a new milestone, with the first of eleven solar PV equipped new-builds complete and open as a show home. The housing development, a joint project between Horvath Homes, Unison and Hastings District ...More >>

PNG’s ‘paradox of plenty’ outlined in UN report

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:28:59 +1300 | Massey University

Transferring massive mining industry profits into improving the health, education and wellbeing of a struggling population is a key challenge for Papua New Guinea, says the author of a new UN report.More >>

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 >>


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