Parliament

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

 

Encouraging small-scale electricity generation

Encouraging small-scale electricity generation

Small scale electricity generation connected to local lines networks will be helped along by new regulations, says Energy Minister Pete Hodgson.

Mr Hodgson has released a discussion paper outlining proposals to regulate lines companies charges and conditions for connecting generators to their networks.

Major power stations connect directly to the national grid, but 15 to 20 percent of New Zealand’s electricity comes from smaller plants connected to local lines networks. Known as distributed generation, this includes local hydro schemes, landfill gas, small geothermal, diesel, gas, wind and solar generation and cogeneration, which uses spare industrial heat to produce electricity.

"Distributed generation has many benefits and the Government wants to open up more opportunities for it to grow," Mr Hodgson said. "There is considerable potential for more small-scale power projects in New Zealand and increasing interest from electricity companies and other investors."

Mr Hodgson said distributed generation increased supply security by locating generation closer to load and reducing dependence on major plants and long-distance transmission. Distributed generation also reduced energy losses from transmission and had less environmental impact than major plants.

"I expect that regulating line charges for distributed generation will help the expansion of renewable generation, which is often connected to local lines. Wind farms and micro hydro stations, for example, will frequently be located away from the national grid and the ability to connect to local lines for a reasonable charge will help make such projects viable. This is another way we can make progress towards a sustainable energy future."

The proposed regulations will allow generation up to 10kW to connect to local lines without charge. For generation above 10kW, lines companies may seek reasonable payment for any new assets needed to cope with the extra load. Generators and lines companies will have access to an arbitrator to determine disputes.

The discussion document is at http://www.med.govt.nz/ers/electric/distributed-generation/ Submissions are sought by 3 November 2003.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election