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

 


New Zealanders favour renewable energy growth

01 July 2004 Media Statement

New Zealanders favour renewable energy growth

An EECA study released today shows that New Zealanders overwhelmingly support wind energy and hydro electricity.

Wind power comes out top in the EECA commissioned survey, conducted by UMR research, of attitudes towards electricity generation options. Some 82 per cent of respondents approved or strongly approved of wind power. Hydro generation was the next most preferred option with 79 per cent approval while geothermal scored 67 per cent.

"Not only does this report show very strong support for wind developments overall, it indicates low levels of the 'not in my back yard' or NIMBY syndrome. When people were asked if they support a wind farm being built in their local area, support dropped to only 60 percent with only 18 per cent opposed. Only nine per cent did not want them even if they could not see or hear them," said Energy Minister and Convenor, Ministerial Group on Climate Change, Pete Hodgson said.

Wind power is already set to grow four fold from around 40 MW to 160 MW in the year to next April. This growth is in part due to the government's Projects to Reduce Emissions programme under which six proposed wind farms are being awarded carbon credits.

The programme awards credits to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions that would not otherwise go ahead. A further six million credits were made available for a second round, to be run later this year, as part of Budget 2004.

"New Zealand has an abundant wind resource capable of producing about 20 per cent of New Zealand's electricity needs. The perceived main problem with wind, that it is unreliable, is not an issue in New Zealand. Wind and hydro are ideal complementary renewable power sources because when the wind does not blow, we effectively have electricity stored in our hydro lakes. This resource, coupled with high levels of public support for wind and renewable energy; plus government initiatives, will encourage many more developers to bring forward new plans," said Pete Hodgson.

ENDS

© 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