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Increasing vegetative cover across all land

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 2:13 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity will require councils to have targets for increased vegetative cover in their regions. More >>

Support for RMA Bill, but concerns about workload

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 2:11 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Submissions on the Resources Management Amendment Bill are generally supportive, though many express concerns about the time frame and resourcing of the accelerated freshwater proposals. More >>

Moving minerals law away from promotion

Sunday, 1 December 2019, 1:40 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The review of the Crown Minerals Act has been released and as expected focuses on changing the purpose of the law away from the promotion of mining. More >>

Govt sets mandate for climate change negotiations

Sunday, 1 December 2019, 1:37 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Government has released its negotiating mandate ministers will be taking to the UNFCCC COP meeting in Madrid next week. More >>

Shaw pushed for early inclusion of agriculture and lost

Sunday, 24 November 2019, 3:48 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Climate Change Minister James Shaw was pushing ministerial colleagues into the earlier inclusion of agriculture’s biological methane issues, but lost the debate at a Cabinet committee meeting. More >>

Resource Management Review paper sets out issues

Sunday, 24 November 2019, 3:34 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on November 14, 2019. The Resource Management Review Panel has released its option papers which covers in broad brush strokes many complex issues. More >>

Electricity sector changes should be treated with caution

Sunday, 10 November 2019, 1:32 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on October 31, 2019. The BusinessNZ Energy Council has warned the Government to be cautious about making changes to the electricity sector without thinking through the potential unintended consequences. More >>

Hydro exemption from water standards debated

Sunday, 10 November 2019, 1:25 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on October 31, 2019. Treasury officials suggested to ministers all hydro generation schemes should be exempted from proposed freshwater quality standards. More >>

Conservation Authority worries about working with Fonterra

Sunday, 3 November 2019, 1:20 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Conservation Authority worries about working with Fonterra The Conservation Authority has told the Department of Conservation it is concerned its work with Fonterra isn’t a good look. More >>

MBIE plans for budget changes due to ‘no new mines’ policy

Sunday, 3 November 2019, 1:17 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is budgeting for a decrease in funding as a result of the ‘no new mines’ policy announced in 2018. More >>

Electric Kiwi says market power test needs strengthening

Sunday, 3 November 2019, 1:14 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Electric Kiwi and Haast Energy say the Commerce Act’s test for use of market power needs to be strengthened as the status quo is holding back the electricity sector. More >>

Just Transition Unit reports success - suggests expansion

Sunday, 27 October 2019, 11:40 am | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Just Transitions Unit work has been successful so far in Taranaki, but will need more funding to continue and expand, especially if it extends it work into the agriculture area where the Government is planning for the impact of major change, says a Cabinet ... More >>

EECA to look at LEDs in all housing

Sunday, 27 October 2019, 11:37 am | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority is looking at whether it would be feasible to replace all household lighting with LEDs and its minister wants it to do more work on getting communities to develop their own renewable energy projects. More >>

Draft resources strategy panned as incoherent Trojan horse

Sunday, 27 October 2019, 11:34 am | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The BusinessNZ Energy Council has told the Government its draft resources strategy is incoherent and implies a sharp narrowing of the sector and major change. More >>

EA says retailers have undermined benefits of rule changes

Sunday, 20 October 2019, 12:20 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Electricity retailers have acted in ways to undermine the intended benefits of the ‘save protection scheme’ and the ‘retail data project’ says the Electricity Authority. More >>

Major electricity users say TPM change will have dire impact

Sunday, 20 October 2019, 12:16 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Major electricity users who face increased charges under the revised transmission pricing methodology worn of dire consequences including the possibility of closure and major job losses. Conversely, Rio Tinto, whose Tiwai Point aluminium smelter ... More >>

Price review leads to further review of energy institutions

Sunday, 20 October 2019, 12:10 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Following on from the Electricity Price Review (EPR), the Government is beginning work on a further review to “explore new institutional arrangements” in the energy sector. More >>

Stewardship land review a “red rag to a bull”

Sunday, 13 October 2019, 2:31 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Conservation Authority’s has been warned by its West Coast liaison board that proceeding with a review of the Department of Conservation’s stewardship land in the run up to the election would be a “red rag to a bull”. More >>

NZ performs well in world energy trilemma index, but slips

Sunday, 6 October 2019, 3:27 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on September26 , 2019. An analysis of the World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index shows NZ ranks highly in comparison to other countries, but has slipped in terms of security and sustainability. More >>

Lines companies, retailers clash in default price debate

Sunday, 6 October 2019, 3:22 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on September26 , 2019. Electricity lines companies are suggesting changes are needed to the regulatory framework due to the impact of low-interest rates on calculations as the Commerce Commission releases ... More >>

 

 

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