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Mighty River should listen to Genesis - Greenpeace

Thursday 3 March 2005

Mighty River should listen to Genesis says Greenpeace

Today's announcement from Genesis Energy that it's putting on hold its plans to build two coal-fired power stations at Huntly should be taken on board by Mighty River Power with Marsden B, Greenpeace said today.

Genesis cited the lack of available technology for carbon capture and sequestration as one of the two reasons for putting coal on hold.

"Unlike Mighty River Power, Genesis clearly acknowledges the global warming implications of building a new coal-fired power station and has opted instead for the cheaper and cleaner alternatives: wind and gas," said Cindy Baxter, Greenpeace campaign manager.

"In total contrast, Mighty River Power refuses to deal with C02 at all and, with Marsden B, is planning to almost double New Zealand's C02 emissions from coal-fired power stations ," she said.

The argument that C02 can be captured and buried underground has been a mantra for the coal industry in its push for coal as an energy source in New Zealand. However, this technology is decades away and hugely costly, especially compared with wind.

"It is good to see a State Owned Enterprise talking some energy sense here in New Zealand," said Baxter.

Greenpeace calls on Mighty River Power to take a leaf out of the Genesis book, and keep - and grow - its expertise in clean, renewable energy sources.

Meanwhile the huge resource dollars going into carbon capture and sequestration, and looking for more coal should be ploughed into renewable energy.


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