Energy Minister David Parker, the man pushing for the Emissions Trading Scheme, is finally taking threat of winter power blackouts seriously.
The Dominion-Port reports the hydro lakes are low on water and Granny Herald says wind is little use.
The country is just few weeks away from a major 'save power' campaign for consumers, but already major industrial users like the Tiwai aluminium smelter have already cut back power use.
The industry also launched a website outlining the current threat to power supplies and a mothballed power station at New Plymouth has been recommissioned in response to tightening supplies.
Anyway, after initially dismissing the threats to our winter power supplies as a National Party beat-up it is good to see the government finally taking the matter more seriously.
Indeed, Liarbour has been widely condemned by the industry over the matter of planning for dought and thwarting plans for new power plants. But obviously more action is needed here.
We don't want a repeat of the early 1990s nor I'm sure Dear Leader does not want a repeat of Monday when a power failure left the Beehive and surrounds in the dark.
More importantly, extra generation capacity is needed to help keep fuel prices down.
It would also help prevent a loss of industrial users to overseas should business judge kiwi power supplies to be too unreliable.