Thursday, August 14, 2008

Energy to provide heat in the election campaign


National announces its energy policy today, with an end to the moratorium on fossil-fuelled plants likely to be part of it.
The policy contrasts with Liabour who want renewable sources to provide 90% of our power needs by 2025.
Liabour's record is one of failure, with it presiding over three electricity supply crises that had seen power prices soar, says National's Gerry Brownlee.
"If people want to know why their power prices are rising, there is only one reason scarcity of supply," he said.
And, as this blog has often noted, that is true whether it is power here, or the price of oil globally.
But, as noted yesterday, Liarbour is pushing ahead with renewables.
So how are the plans for renewable generation plants getting along?
As Homepadock notes, the government has turned down plans for hydro electricity on the Clutha river.
So, where will the extra energy come from?
From a mass of windmills everywhere, disfiguring the countryside.
So there's Liarbour, talking about renewables with one breath and stopping them in the next.
In the meantime, the country breathes a heavy sigh of relief that we were lucky to avoid powercuts, though many businesses lost production.
And the country still sits on an abundance of energy assets just waiting to be exploited to our benefit.
A simple message for National, Liarbour will mean dearer fuel bills all round. I think pople are suffering enough already. The days of cheap power can come back. But only if we allow it.
UPDATE: Key confirms removal of moratorium, but backs Liarbour on 90% renewbles. He sees a future for gas rather than coal, but promises more support for fuel expoloration.
A highly political balance between doing what is really necessary and supporting Liarbour policy. A step in the right direcion but still a little Liarbour-lite for my taste. Still, it shouldn't frighten the horses either.

1 comment:

KG said...

Facts will make no difference at all to the Energy Taliban..they want to reduce Kiwis to peasant statusn regardless.
Although who would pay the welfare bill then is anybody's guess.