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

 


Call for power conservation as Government dithers


Call for power conservation as Government dithers

The National Party is alarmed that the Government has made no attempt to encourage power conservation despite fresh warnings from those running our electricity grid.

"The New Zealand public always responds well to the challenge of electricity conservation, but the Energy Minister has failed to make a clear call," says National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee.

The Grid Security Committee coordinator has today issued a plea to households and businesses to cut electricity use by 5% to help avoid a winter electricity crisis.

"Patrick Strange warns ominously 'South Island lake levels are still too low and not likely to improve'.

"He then says 'if the country doesn't achieve 5% savings by the end of April then it is likely that more significant cuts will be needed to ensure there is enough electricity to get through the winter'.

"It's now patently clear that urgent action needs to be taken, but this Government continues to drag its heels on this issue," says Mr Brownlee.

"On advice from officials the National Party was warning of this scenario last year - but the Minister has refused to accept that advice.

"Now every New Zealand householder and business will be forced to pay the price for the Government's lethargy.

"These are third world measures that the people of any developed nation should not be forced to endure," Mr Brownlee says.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news