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Copeland: Govt power move only a good start

Copeland: Govt power move only a good start

United Future today signalled its support of the Government announcement that a new Electricity Commission will secure reserve generation capacity to avoid a repeat of the current power crisis facing the nation.

"It's a start, and in so far as it is a step in the right direction, we support it," United Future's energy spokesman, Gordon Copeland, said.

"But we want to see a lot more done, including clearing the way for more generation of hydro-electricity - something that has consistently been derailed since 1987 by the current Conservation Act which makes no provision for new hydro schemes.

"We're facing our third energy crisis in 12 years, because we don't have enough generation capacity, in spite of the fact that we are rich in hydro opportunities.

"We have foolishly created a conservation straitjacket and its time for common-sense to be given its day.

"If we look at the big picture, there is huge potential for hydro and wind generation in this country," Mr Copeland said.

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