Single Buyer Model for Electricity - Geoff Bertram - 25/2
Single Buyer Model for Electricity
and the Greens have proposed inserting a single buyer into
the wholesale level of the New Zealand electricity market,
as a means of forcing a reduction in electricity prices to
Geoff Bertram's lecture outlines the key
arguments of his analysis of the impact of weak regulation
in the electricity sector and the single buyer model as a
Geoff discusses how such a single buyer
could be structured to exercise effective control over
prices and asset values in the industry while avoiding
several obvious pitfalls, and what the numbers might look
The Electricity Authority has controversiallytried to quash the debate
on this analysis. Hear Geoff counter such criticisms and
answer your questions. You can register for the Auckland
A pdf flyer for use on notice
boards etc. is available for download here.
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On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus
If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point.
By ‘some quarters’, I mean (a) RadioLive host Sean Plunket who called Catton a “traitor” and (b) Prime Minister John Key who dismissed her views as being those of a typical Green Party supporter, which is apparently almost as bad.
In context, Catton seemed to be talking about the mixed feelings she felt after what she had created suddenly becoming a kind of public property claimed by the entire country and its leaders. That must feel weird at any time, in any place. Catton evidently finds it particularly alienating when the government of the day has shown little interest in the arts beyond their promotional/economic value. More>>