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ETS Review modelling documents released

Fri, 5 Feb 2016 11:31:38 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Three technical documents are being released to help New Zealanders engage with the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) review, Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says. More >>

Hon Jo Goodhew: In Focus: 28 January 2016

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:56:53 +1300 | New Zealand National Party

While away on holiday over the New Year period I spent time thinking about and planning for the year ahead. I also frequently checked on weather conditions for Canterbury, hoping that some much needed rain was falling.More >>

Record numbers of people switching electricity retailers

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:12:36 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Record numbers of people switching electricity retailers Last year saw the highest number of people switch electricity retailers since 2011, says Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges. In 2015, 419,000 consumers switched providers, compared to ...More >>

No new coal mines: China announces three year ban

Sun, 3 Jan 2016 18:11:09 +1300 | Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ

No new coal mines: China announces three year ban, closes 1,000 coal mines – NZ should also stop approvals ECO today welcomed an announcement that no new coal mines will be approved in China for three years and a further 1,000 existing coal mines ...More >>

S&P reaffirms Mighty River Power’s BBB+ rating

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:35:13 +1300 | Mighty River Power

S&P reaffirms Mighty River Power’s BBB+ corporate credit rating Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has confirmed Mighty River Power’s corporate credit rating as BBB+/Stable in a report published today. Mighty River Power CFO, William Meek, ...More >>

Risking our most endangered species for fossil fuels

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:27:46 +1300 | Waitakere Ranges Protection Society

New permits for oil and gas exploration include the habitat of the country’s rarest species—the Maui dolphin. Seismic testing is disruptive and will displace Maui dolphins and other endangered species—meaning the Government needs to act now to ...More >>

Date extension for Z Energy’s application to acquire Chevron

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:59:59 +1300 | Commerce Commission

On 1 July 2015, Z Energy Limited (Z Energy) registered an application with the Commerce Commission seeking clearance to acquire 100% of the shares in Chevron New Zealand (Chevron), the owner of the Caltex brand in New Zealand.More >>

Demand Response programme attracts strong interest

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 15:25:23 +1300 | Transpower

Transpower said today that the results from its recent Demand Response Programme demonstrated an increasing consumer interest in managing electricity usage and being involved in programmes that are providing beneficial returns. More >>

Two days after Paris Agreement, pretending it doesn't exist

Wed, 16 Dec 2015 13:48:57 +1300 | Oil Free Wellington

The announcement of new exploration permits on and off shore in Taranaki just a few days after the Paris climate agreement is another stark reminder that we can’t rely on our government to solve the climate crisis.More >>

Secretary-General at press encounter with Q&A in New York

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:21:31 +1300 | United Nations

It is a great pleasure to see you. What a great two weeks in Paris. Now I understand why people say “We will always have Paris.” More >>

Big climate goal challenge for Paula Bennett

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:19:10 +1300 | Forest And Bird

Paula Bennett, the incoming climate change minister, has a big challenge to match the ambition of the Paris Agreement by increasing New Zealand’s efforts to prevent climate disruption, according to Forest & Bird.More >>

#COP21 Really Does Change Everything - The Announcement

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 01:36:47 +1300 | Alastair Thompson

On 12 December 2015 the UN Climate Summit in Paris, France concluded 2 weeks of negotiations. The result was significantly more positive than anyone had thought possible. Not only is the draft agreement legally binding but it targets a 1.5 degree maximum temperature ...More >>

#COP21 Delivers On Its Promise And Really Changes Everything

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 21:51:09 +1300 | Alastair Thompson

After reading the reports out of Paris today I think we can call this #COP21 (even though its not quite over) as nothing short of a miracle. An amazing victory for diplomacy, common sense and the collective will of Civil Society throughout planet ...More >>

Flick Electric Co. customer savings top million-dollar mark

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:39:12 +1300 | Flick Electric Co

Electricity Authority figures show $280m savings available in residential market Customers of power company Flick Electric Co. topped $1m in savings this week after just 18 months in market, and with a rapidly growing customer base, the company expects ...More >>

Wellington City leading by example on monitoring emissions

Wed, 9 Dec 2015 14:34:24 +1300 | Wellington City Council

Wellington City leading by example on monitoring emissions Wellington City Council has achieved accreditation for the Certified Emissions Management and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS). Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says Council’s detailed monitoring of greenhouse ...More >>

Security of supply report released

Wed, 9 Dec 2015 11:22:54 +1300 | Transpower

Transpower, as the System Operator, today published a report outlining the potential impacts of the planned closures of a number of generation plants on the operation of New Zealand’s power system.More >>

Countdown on to support Pacific Nations in Paris

Wed, 9 Dec 2015 10:56:36 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

As the Paris Climate Talks enter their final days, New Zealand must step up and support its neighbours, say Labour’s Pacific Climate Change Issues Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.More >>

NZ electricity supply security unclear from 2019

Wed, 9 Dec 2015 10:07:31 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Dec. 9 (BusinessDesk) - The large-scale closure of New Zealand gas and coal-fired electricity generation capacity and uncertainty about the future needs of major industrial users, such as the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, are combining to create an uncertain ...More >>

New Zealand joins Global Geothermal Alliance

Tue, 8 Dec 2015 09:12:15 +1300 | New Zealand Government

New Zealand is the newest member of the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA), Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges announced overnight in Paris. More >>

Groser’s departure a chance to refresh climate agenda

Mon, 7 Dec 2015 17:11:53 +1300 | Green Party

The Green Party hopes the departure of Tim Groser as Minister for Climate Change puts to bed an era of hot air and spin from the Government in dealing with New Zealand’s runaway climate pollution. More >>


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