Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Hodgson Sees Solution in the Wind

Hodgson Sees Solution in the Wind

Friday 9 May 2003, Auckland - Today Greenpeace congratulated Pete Hodgson on his support for renewable energy projects after the announcement of Te Apiti wind farm project by Meridian Energy.

“We’re encouraged to see the Minister of Energy pointing out the huge potential of wind power for New Zealand’s future energy needs,” said Greenpeace Climate Campaigner Vanessa Atkinson. “New Zealand should proudly be heading towards a wind-powered future. Clearly options like burning dirty coal and other fossil fuels are antiquated and out of line with our Kyoto Protocol commitments and protecting the world’s climate.”

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) name carbon dioxide, created when fossil fuels such as coal and oil are burnt, to be a significant greenhouse gas influencing climate change.

“Wind is free. Wind generated power could be one of the cheapest sources of electricity when carbon taxes hits coal and other fossil fuel forms of generation. But the Government must put in place mechanisms to move New Zealand to a 100% renewable future,” said Atkinson.

“We look forward to further announcements from the Government as to how they will build renewables into a response to the current energy crisis by moving New Zealand to a clean green energy future”.

According to the Government’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), “…the total long-term potential [for wind energy generation] has been assessed to be in the order of 100,000 gigawatt hours per year, three times our present generation.” [1]

“New Zealand has one of the best wind resources in the world – the present New Zealand project announcement is only the tip of the iceberg in the future of wind energy here,” concluded Atkinson.

On 1 May the biggest wind farm development in the Southern Hemisphere was announced in Australia. The 180 MW Portland Wind Energy Project will be actively generating pollution-free power for 100,000 homes by mid- 2005.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Police Authority: Use Of Taser Was Disproportionate And Unjustified

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Hokitika man was disproportionate and unjustified. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Holidays, Hekia Parata And Badlands

Hekia Parata, adieu. Reportedly, she’s been ‘passionate’ about education. She has “bravely’ led the charge on the government’s education reforms. In the past week , many of the postscripts to Hekia Parata’s career as Education Minister have sounded like a schoolteacher desperately trying to find some reason why a D student can be marked up to C minus. More>>


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news