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

 


Government fails to protect electricity consumers

Government fails to protect electricity consumers

John Key’s Government has failed to protect householders from rising electricity prices, by voting against the Green Party’s Smart Meter (Consumer Choice) Bill tonight.

“It is ironic the two political parties who claim to support consumer choice have voted against it, said David Clendon, Green Party Consumer Affairs Spokesperson.

The Smart Meter (Consumer Choice) Bill gave effect to the recommendations from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report Smart electricity meters: How households and the environment can benefit (June 2009). Dr Jan Wright has expressed disappointment that householders are being told by electricity companies they can’t have a really smart electricity meter installed.

“The Bill ensured smart meters really would be smart and that consumers would be offered a choice of tariffs and information to give them power to reduce their electricity costs, but John Key and Rodney Hide clearly don’t want that,” Mr Clendon said.

“Consumers are now stuck paying for a technology they cannot benefit from.

“The Government’s objection that it is too soon to adopt this technology belies the fact it is mandated in Victoria and California.

“Mr Brownlee’s cold feet will ensure big power bills or cold feet for consumers.

“I greatly appreciate the support of the Maori and Labour Parties for this sensible legislation and look forward to its reintroduction under the next government,” Mr Clendon said.


The original report and the PCE’s commentary on the problems with smart meters:
http://www.pce.parliament.nz/media/media_releases/smarten_up_on_smart_meters_-_environment_commissioner

The text of the Bill is available at:
http://www.greens.org.nz/bills/smart-meters-consumer-choice-bill

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Kim Regime

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the US had a very clear objective and eventually offered a quid pro quo of the removal of some of its own missiles from Turkey. This time, there’s no clarity about what the US is seeking, or offering.

It hasn’t helped that the US and the global media consistently agree on calling North Korea and its leadership “crazy” and “irrational” and urging it to “come to its senses”. When you treat your opponent as being beyond reason, it gets hard to comprehend what their strategy is, let alone work out the terms of a viable compromise. More>>

 

Recovery: Economic Impact Of Kaikōura Quake Revealed

The report details the impact on small businesses and tourism caused by disruptions to transport infrastructure and the economic impacts... The impact on New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the first 18 months following the earthquake has been estimated at $450-$500 million. More>>

ALSO:

Human Rights Commission: Urgent Need For Action On Seclusion And Restraint

Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford says that while the report makes for sobering reading, the focus should now be on how the recommendations can be used to reduce the occurrence of seclusion and restraint in New Zealand and, in circumstances where it is necessary, to improve practices. More>>

ALSO:

CORRECTIONS (March 2017):

SCHOOL SECLUSION ROOMS (2016):

$11bn Capital Spend, New Debt Target: Steven Joyce On Budget Priorities

First, delivering better public services for a growing country – providing all New Zealanders with the opportunity to lead successful independent lives... And finally, we remain committed to reducing the tax burden and in particular the impact of marginal tax rates on lower and middle income earners, when we have the room to do so. More>>

ALSO:

JustSpeak Report: Bail Changes To Blame For New Billion Dollar Prison

In 2013 criminal justice spending was falling and the Government was mulling over what to spend the money on. 3 years later there are 10,000 people in prison and a new billion dollar prison is announced. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news