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

 


500MW coal fired power plant study welcome

Tuesday, April 6th, 2004

500MW coal fired power plant study welcome

Genesis Power's announcement on its feasibility planning for a 500MW coal fired electricity generation plant brings commonsense back to the energy debate, the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern) says.

"Genesis announcement today is welcome for two main reasons," said Alasdair Thompson, EMA's chief executive.

"One, it means that while their owners may engage in flights of fancy over our energy future, our power generators have not lost the plot.

"For investment to take place in growing our standards of living we'll need to call on all our available fuel supplies and coal is by far the most prolific of these.

"Second, in spite of Government's desire to burden our economy with the carbon tax costs of Kyoto, coal may still represent the best way forward to meet our ambitions for growing the economy.

"New Zealand has sufficient coal to last 1000 years.

"Modern emissions scrubbing technology can make coal no more polluting than gas fired plants; we would make use of this technology more effectively than countries where we might otherwise export the coal; and gas reserves are running down.

"Should Genesis be considering use of the old coal fired Meremere site it would clean up a visual pollutant at the same time as being well placed to meet Auckland's electricity needs."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news