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Distribution pricing reform will make disturbing price shock

Sunday, 10 March 2019, 2:43 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Electricity Authority has been warned sudden implementation of more efficient electricity distribution pricing will bring “disturbing” price shocks for many customers. More >>

Environmental tax debate lost in political storm

Sunday, 10 March 2019, 2:40 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Government’s seemingly naive belief the release of the Tax Working Group’s report would spark a reasoned debate on tax reform has been dashed, greatly reducing the political opportunity for the expansion of environmental taxes. More >>

Govt blocks litter fine increase to focus on bigger picture

Sunday, 10 March 2019, 2:38 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Government parties have voted down a National MP’s Bill which would have increased the maximum litter infringement fine from $400 to a maximum of $1000. More >>

Electricity price options paper out this week

Monday, 18 February 2019, 11:31 am | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

This article was originally published in the February 14 edition of Energy and Environment and has had minor edits More >>

Crown Minerals Act Review coming, as DoC mining ban delayed

Sunday, 2 December 2018, 2:34 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Government has again said a wider review of the Crown Minerals Act is coming soon with Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods saying it must be “future proofed” to ensure a “just transition”. More >>

Freshwater Fish Management Bill Pushed Back

Sunday, 2 December 2018, 12:38 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Facing a backlash over a proposed new regulatory regime for freshwater fish management, the Government has decided to pushback a select committee deadline. More >>

Belief that water rights are forever major issue for Govt

Monday, 22 October 2018, 6:53 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Convincing current water users their current rights are not guaranteed in perpetuity is one of the key planks of success in the Government’s plans for water quality and allocation issues. More >>

Deprived areas pay more for electricity than the wealthy

Monday, 22 October 2018, 6:49 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Electricity Review Panel has released its initial analysis on billing data saying it shows people in the most deprived areas pay more on average for electricity than those in the least deprived areas. More >>

National withdraws support for conservation fines bill

Sunday, 2 September 2018, 9:10 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

National MPs have withdrawn their support for a new conservation infringement law following the extension of the regulatory regime to Fish and Game Council officers. More >>

Transpower result highlights disquiet over sector profits

Sunday, 2 September 2018, 9:06 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Transpower’s annual results for 2017/18 again highlight how much the Government is one of the main beneficiaries from profits in the electricity sector. The results show a net profit of $206 million and a dividend to the Government of $165 million. More >>

Freshwater fishery law could spark debate

Sunday, 19 August 2018, 3:52 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

A bill creating a new regulatory regime for freshwater fisheries could lead to new debate about the management of controversial species such as whitebait and eels, as well as anger some recreational fishers. More >>

Legislation coming on offshore oil and gas exploration ban

Sunday, 19 August 2018, 3:50 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods says further legislation will be needed to end the issuing of new offshore oil and gas permits. More >>

Study has implications for biodiversity/climate change policy

Sunday, 15 July 2018, 6:53 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Farm forestry study has implications for biodiversity/climate change policy This report was first published in the Energy and Environment bulletin on July 11 More >>

Renewable energy consent cliff warning issued

Sunday, 15 July 2018, 6:47 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Renewable energy consent cliff warning issued This report was first published in the Energy and Environment bulletin on July 11 More >>

Electricity Review focuses on energy poverty

Sunday, 15 July 2018, 6:44 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Electricity Review focuses on energy poverty This report was first published in the Energy and Environment bulletin on July 11 More >>

Transpower thinks over supply constraints and fuel shortages

Sunday, 10 June 2018, 2:09 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Transpower is not going to change the way it calculates the Hydro Risk Curves following Genesis Energy warning about challenges getting fuel supplies in the future. However, it will be adding an extra validation step around assumed thermal fuel consumption ... More >>

‘Green’ mining encouraged, but barriers remain

Sunday, 10 June 2018, 2:05 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has encouraged the mining sector to look at NZ’s strategic mineral potential after the release of a GNS Science study. More >>

PEPANZ Says Sage Incorrect on Seismic Surveys

Sunday, 20 May 2018, 2:58 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The oil and gas sector has taken exception to Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage’s framing of the rules around seismic surveys as a voluntary, informal process. More >>

Kermadec compromise will be a hard one to swallow

Sunday, 20 May 2018, 2:56 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

NZ First’s floating of a compromise over the Kermadec Marine Sanctuary will not impress the Green Party or many in the environmental movement, but they will have to decide if some form of progress is worth the compromise. More >>

Smaller power retailers cry foul over switching tactics

Sunday, 20 May 2018, 2:53 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Niche electricity retailer Electric Kiwi has asked for urgent action address issues with the Switching Saves Protection scheme and Powerswitch website saying they are disadvantaging new entrant retailers, most consumers, and retail competition. More >>

 

 

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