Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Electricity prices climb as crisis delivers shock


Electricity prices climb as crisis delivers first shock

The National Party says the Government's failure to address both a long and short-term electricity crisis is now hitting householders in the hip pocket.

Contact Energy's announced that its Wellington customers will be paying an average of 3% and 6% more from next month.

"You can bet some of Contact's Wellington customers will be paying a lot more than 6% too, with the company talking averages at this stage," says the National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee.

"The company's blaming the increases on higher wholesale prices and a 'narrowing gap between generating capacity and demand'.

"It must now be clear to the Government that urgent action's needed to ensure New Zealand has enough electricity generation capacity to sustain and strengthen economic growth," says Mr Brownlee.

"Just last week the Labour Party's closest allies, the trade union movement, warned the Government that rising wholesale prices were forcing some companies to scale back production.

"The National Party has been asking for Energy Minister Pete Hodgson to take action for months, but instead of addressing this critical issue right now, he's living it up in Hollywood - at the taxpayer's expense," Mr Brownlee says.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news