Ban On New Thermal Generation Was Bad Policy

I am very pleased that the ban on new thermal generation of electricity is to be gone by the end of the week.  This was one of the previous Government’s climate change policies that we liked the least.  Modern gas fired plants are emit far lower levels of carbon than old coal fired stations yet the policy seemed to ensure that Huntly was going to be used for many years to come.  Moreover, the ban seemed likely to continue the ridiculous situation of us losing much of what we generate because we transmit power over long distances to the places it is needed (eg Auckland).  A gas powered station on the outskirts of Auckland will be a very efficient option for a company such as Genesis.

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3 Responses to “Ban On New Thermal Generation Was Bad Policy”

  1. Adolf Fiinkensein Says:

    Nuclear would be even cleaner.

  2. Random Musings Says:

    “Nuclear would be even cleaner.”

    As long as you ignore, like I don’t know, the left over wastes. Are you donating your backyard as storage? Or do you just want to ship the problem somewhere else?

  3. insider Says:

    And as long as you ignore its cost.

    Rodney would be good. Could avoid $500m in unneeded transmission. I’m sure that could be better spent elsewhere. There are plenty of holes in govt accounts which could benefit.

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