Greens launch electricity policy

The Greens launched their electricity policy today. Most of it is wordy and not easy to get a quick understanding of it.

The Empowering New Zealand comprehensive plan for the electricity sector includes:

  • $112 million for winter warm-up payments to help low-income households cover their power bills
  • setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 (in average hydrological conditions)
  • an investigation into the electricity wholesale market
  • encouraging lines companies to work together and embrace new technology to bring down costs
  • modernising industry rules to encourage competition, transparency and use of data.

“Our plan will see more than half a million Kiwi households pay less to heat their homes every winter,” Green Party energy and resources spokesperson Gareth Hughes said.

“Setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity generation is bold, achievable, and the right thing to do for our planet.

“New Zealand can help lead the global clean energy revolution, creating jobs and exporting our clean energy expertise to the world, but we need Government leadership to make it happen.

“We have consulted the electricity industry to design a future-focused system and I’m confident the plan we announced today is ready to be acted on by the next government,” Mr Hughes said.

Of course it is subject to the Greens becoming a part of the next Government and getting Labour and perhaps the Maori Party or NZ First to agree to this policy.

A key feature is a handout to families with a joint income of less than $50,000 p.a. of varying amounts depending on where they live. You have to dig in to their documentation to find the nitty gritty:

GreenPowerHandout

These seems to be an odd way to help out poorer families, with a substantial administration overhead.

Why is the West Coast payment so low? Is power that cheap on the Coast? Or do they use a lot of coal and not so much electricity?

It’s not clear exactly how it would work but it appears to be a cash handout able to be used for anything, it just happens to be calculated on average power price increases for the winter. Which makes the power aspect more marketing than anything, and more complicated than it needs to be.

I don’t think this will be a ‘priority policy’ in Green campaigning. There’s a lot of other details that will sound fine to some but most won’t care if the understand.

Read it all if you like:

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15 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  April 20, 2017

    The GREEN PARTY wouldn’t be handing out money-the rest of us would be, something that they don’t mention.

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    • Brown

       /  April 20, 2017

      “Our plan will see more than half a million Kiwi households pay less to heat their homes every winter,”

      Exactly KC – at the expense of the rest of us.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 21, 2017

        I find it hard to believe that the Greens can’t see this, or think that the rest of the country can’t. They are acting as if it’s a Monopoly game where money can be written on scrap paper when the bank runs out. Or ‘I can’t have no money in my account, I still have some cheques left.’

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  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  April 20, 2017

    Also, three of those countries are much colder than here in winter.

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  3. Corky

     /  April 20, 2017

    Socialism at it finest. Now, add this policy to a firmed up Labour immigration policy, and National have a problem. If you’re a drug addled Maori with a local Asian fish n’ chip shop owner who wont let you ‘book up,’ who are you going to vote for? Not Hone and his bs about
    about historical grievances. That doesn’t put P in the P pipe.

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  4. David

     /  April 20, 2017

    “$112 million for winter warm-up payments to help low-income households cover their power bills
    setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 (in average hydrological conditions)”

    So you subsidise on one hand, and make electricity more expensive on the other. How do these low-income households benefit at all?

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    • Gezza

       /  April 20, 2017

      And yet …

      “The Green Party’s new energy policy has won a cautious vote of support from the business community.

      Business New Zealand said it was delighted the party had dropped its policy of creating a single electricity buyer and replaced it with more thoughtful proposals.”
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11841810

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      • PDB

         /  April 20, 2017

        A ‘win-win’ for electricity companies – start subsidising power bills with taxpayer money and people will be less frugal and use more power……….

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        • Gezza

           /  April 20, 2017

          Is there no end to their perfidy 😡❓❗️

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        • Corky

           /  April 20, 2017

          Well, that depends on how the money will be distributed. If its a direct credit to power consumers personal bank accounts the power companies may get fak all.

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  5. Corky

     /  April 20, 2017

    The Business New Zealand spokesman looked like a tough nut, too. No Green Peace subscription for him.I guess they realise times are changing and this is a reasonable compromise.

    Talking of power, I see Tesla is worth more than General Motors. Obviously investors are changing their investment paradigms.

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    • Brown

       /  April 20, 2017

      Tesla is worth what someone will pay when the govt subsidies dry up. They may look clever but looks are only skin deep.

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      • Corky

         /  April 20, 2017

        Big call. I thought that until a few months ago. Didn’t know about the subsidies. But my prediction: 45 % of our fleet will be electric in 13 years time.

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        • Gezza

           /  April 20, 2017

          Heaps of taxis here seem to be electric or hybrid.

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          • Corky

             /  April 20, 2017

            Same in my area. One guy I know just traded his Falcon in for a Toyota Hybrid. Saves him $200 a week he reckons. That saving, just by a slim margin, allows him to stay in business. All the old identities are retiring in my area. Indians are taking over,just as they did with dairies.

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