The way the wind blows
The centrepiece of the strategy, which was released by the Government late last year, is a target that at least 90 per cent of the country's electricity generation will come from renewable resources, such as wind, hydro and geothermal, by 2025.
"These are lofty goals," Dr Turner said. "You can already see resources starting to mobilise toward them. But the biggest challenge will be the government response and how much teeth the Government gives it. It's one thing to say what we should do. It's another thing to give us the tools to enable us to do it." ..."The amount of wind is going to be limited by the cost of things we have to do to the grid. In my honest opinion, everyone is running around saying 'yes, we need a robust grid' and 'yes, we should develop it' but no one has thought it through carefully in terms of what it means and how we are going to get approvals for some of these issues.''
February 29, 2008
by Andrew Janes
in The Dominion Post
As the Government moves to reduce New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions, the public will be asked to make a tradeoff. Less fossil-fuel generation equals more dams, wind turbines and pylons.
In a valedictory appearance at the National Power Summit this week, outgoing Meridian Energy chief executive Keith Turner was in no doubt about the fundamental issue facing the electricity sector over the next decade.
"The big issue in the next five to 10 years is how the New Zealand Energy Strategy is going to play out," he said.
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