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Hydrogen policy paper appears to be means to an end

Sun, 15 Sep 2019 14:45:38 +1200 | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Government’s discussion paper on hydrogen outlines a possible future with it playing a major role in the energy sector, but the underlying presumption is this will need a large overbuild of renewable generation to make it economic.More >>

Household power bills hit 10 year low

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 14:01:35 +1200 | Electricity Retailers' Association of NZ

The average annual power bill has fallen by $120 since 2015 according to data released by MBIE today, Electricity Retailers’ Association Chief Executive Cameron Burrows says.More >>

Crown Minerals Act review shows stretching timeline

Sun, 8 Sep 2019 14:06:30 +1200 | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The release of the Government’s proposed Resources Strategy shows ever-extending timelines for legislative change reforming the Crown Minerals act and implementing a ban on mining on conservation land.More >>

Ōpōtiki District Council Declares Climate Emergency

Thu, 5 Sep 2019 13:54:56 +1200 | Extinction Rebellion

Ōpōtiki District Councillors voted at the General Meeting on Thursday 5th September 2019 to Declare a Climate Emergency. Mayor John Forbes and four of the five councilors present voted in favour of the motion that “Ōpōtiki District Council declares ...More >>

Government hydrogen focus welcomed

Tue, 3 Sep 2019 12:17:27 +1200 | Refining NZ

Refining New Zealand is pleased to see the Government’s endorsement of the importance of hydrogen for New Zealand’s economy and future energy needs, says Chief Executive Mike Fuge.More >>

Export hydrogen an opportunity from 100% renewables

Mon, 2 Sep 2019 20:19:03 +1200 | BusinessDesk

Sept. 2 (BusinessDesk) - Hydrogen will play an important role in de-carbonising the New Zealand economy, but the bigger gain could be from the development of a new export fuel industry, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says.More >>

PEPANZ comment on hydrogen Green Paper

Mon, 2 Sep 2019 12:35:11 +1200 | PEPANZ

Hydrogen has potential as a future energy carrier but producing it from natural gas is the most obvious and affordable source, says the Petroleum Exploration and Production Exploration Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ)More >>

Hydrogen plan points way to renewable future

Mon, 2 Sep 2019 09:14:27 +1200 | New Zealand Government

The Government is charting the way towards a more renewable energy system with the launch of a national vision for hydrogen, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods announced today.More >>

Students Celebrate As Auckland Uni Ditches Fossil Fuels

Sat, 31 Aug 2019 14:57:02 +1200 | Fossil Free UoA

Yesterday, after a student-led campaign spanning more than five years, the University of Auckland committed to divest from fossil fuels. More >>

Ngāti Waewae opposes decision to block West Coast power

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 19:58:13 +1200 | Ngati Waewae

The chair of West Coast iwi Ngāti Waewae has voiced strong opposition to the government decision to block a hydro-electric power scheme on the Waitaha River. More >>

Broad South Island reach for new Timaru fuel terminal

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 13:28:19 +1200 | BusinessDesk

Aug. 30 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand’s newest fuel importer believes the terminal it is building in Timaru will be able to supply customers across most of the South Island.More >>

Decision underlines need for better consenting process

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 08:30:32 +1200 | Infrastructure NZ

“The cancellation of the Westpower hydro scheme concession under the Conservation Act after years of community engagement has significant implications for the review of the resource management system that is about to commence and underlines the need ...More >>

Teen activist Greta Thunberg arrives in New York by boat

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 13:59:43 +1200 | United Nations

After a two-week sail across the Atlantic, youth climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in the Big Apple on Wednesday to take part in two major climate summits to be held at UN Headquarters next month.More >>

Pine plantations extend lifetime of methane in North Island

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 11:01:31 +1200 | RNZ

North Island pine forests are prolonging the life of methane in the local atmosphere by as much as three years, climate researcher Jim Salinger says. More >>

Genter defends vehicle 'feebate' after Treasury criticism

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 10:15:35 +1200 | RNZ

Treasury officials have rubbished the government's "feebate" scheme, warning it will have an infinitesimal effect on carbon emissions over two decades. More >>

Parker blocks West Coast hydro proposal

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 20:19:24 +1200 | BusinessDesk

Aug. 28 (BusinessDesk) - A 20-megawatt hydro scheme on the West Coast has been blocked by Environment Minister David Parker due to its impact on the pristine and outstanding nature of the Morgan Gorge.More >>

Climate Crisis declared a critical threat to Pacific health

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 15:58:48 +1200 | RNZ

Parliamentarians from 20 Asian and Pacific nations have declared the climate crisis a critical threat to human health in the region. More >>

Consultation opens on draft Minerals and Petroleum Resources

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 12:53:36 +1200 | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

A draft Minerals and Petroleum Resource Strategy which seeks to support the transition to low emissions future, while building a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy has been released for public consultation by the Ministry of Business, Innovation ...More >>

Balanced consenting framework needed for renewables

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 19:30:39 +1200 | BusinessDesk

Aug. 26 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand requires a “significant uplift” in renewable generation investment if the country is to get anywhere close to its 2050 net-zero carbon target, Meridian Energy says.More >>

Gas sector predicted to remain stable until 2025

Sun, 25 Aug 2019 13:14:58 +1200 | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

A gas supply and demand study forecasts gas supply, demand and price are likely to stay at similar levels until the middle of the next decade, but the future of Methanex and policy variables will have a major impact on this.More >>


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