‘Clean energy centre’ to be established in Taranaki

The Government announced today that a clean energy centre will be established in Taranaki to help address the transition to cleaner energy.

It’s a bit ironic that the ban on more oil and gas exploration licenses has been claimed to result in less clean energy being required to fill medium term energy needs.

More investment in cleaner energy alternatives is a good move, as long as it is sensible investment with good prospects of a reasonable return. Only a relatively small amount is being spent ($27 million, similar to what was spent on the flag referendums) so it’s much less of a risk than the $1 billion a year at Shane Jones’ disposal.

But I still think that more attention should be given to energy conservation – the less energy we need the less alternatives will be required.


Government invests in clean energy centre to help power New Zealand’s economy

The Government will establish a clean energy centre in Taranaki to help lead New Zealand’s transition to a low carbon future, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

To tackle the long-term challenge of climate change, the Government will also invest in early stage research into cutting edge energy production.

“The National New Energy Development centre will help create new business and jobs in Taranaki while helping New Zealand move towards clean, affordable, renewable energy and away from fossil fuels,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“The centre will look at the full range of emerging clean energy options such as offshore wind, solar batteries, hydrogen and new forms of energy storage.

“Our global confrontation with the changing climate requires us to face the long-term challenge of sustainably powering our economy over the next 30 years to ensure we are the best place in the world to live, to work, to raise a family and to get ahead.

“For decades, Taranaki has been our top energy producing region and now, in the 21st century, the region can be a leader in clean energy as well. It’s well known that local businesses and workers already have the skills, experience and international links to support new developments in clean energy technology and infrastructure.

“That’s why the Wellbeing Budget is investing $27 million to set up the centre in Taranaki, alongside $20 million over four years to establish a new science research fund for cutting edge energy technology so that we can look into the likes of organic photovoltaics, super conductors, nanotechnologies and inductive power.

“Investing in cutting edge science that could have global application is one of the best ways a country like New Zealand can contribute to the battle against climate change.

“Locally, the vision for the new centre has come from people on the ground, through the region’s 2050 roadmap process that brought together business, unions and iwi leaders to chart a future path for the local economy. Now central Government is investing to help make that vision a reality.

“The centre will be established on a strong foundation with pledges of collaboration and support from the energy sector, research organisations and supply chain businesses – both local to Taranaki and from around the world.

“This centre will complement our investments in hydrogen, Green Finance Ltd, the Zero Carbon Bill and our upcoming renewable energy strategy to help New Zealand create new jobs in new industries while moving away from fossil fuels that cause climate change,” Jacinda Ardern said.

These initiatives are part of a Wellbeing Budget package focused on research into agriculture, emissions and energy under the Budget priority of creating opportunities for productive businesses, regions, iwi and others to transition to a sustainable and low emissions economy.

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  1. Pink David

     /  9th May 2019

    ““For decades, Taranaki has been our top energy producing region and now, in the 21st century, the region can be a leader in clean energy as well. It’s well known that local businesses and workers already have the skills, experience and international links to support new developments in clean energy technology and infrastructure.”

    Curious. What do local businesses and workers in Tarahaki have that gives them this skill and experience in alternative sources of energy?

    “organic photovoltaics, super conductors, nanotechnologies and inductive power.”

    Lots of experience of this in Taranaki then?

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  9th May 2019

      Of course, even I can do all THOSE things !

      (whispers) What’s a photovoltaic ?

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      • Dennis Horne

         /  9th May 2019

        “What’s a photovoltaic?”

        Say cheese…

        Reply
        • Kitty Catkin

           /  9th May 2019

          It’s a solar cell. Why can’t they just say so ?

          Do you know Julian and (his) friend, Sandy, Mr ‘Orne ?

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  2. David

     /  9th May 2019

    So MIT, Cambridge et al will be competing for talent with Taranaki keen to forge the brave new world of cutting edge technology. Good bloody grief.

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    • Duker

       /  9th May 2019

      Wasn’t it government money which turned Wellington ,of all places , as Wellywood

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      • Trevors_elbow

         /  9th May 2019

        no it was a bloke working for a newspaper pursuing a passion that did that … the government just backed him when his big opportunity came along…

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  3. Trevors_elbow

     /  9th May 2019

    just crap. kill natural gas then belatedly set up a token research effort into clean tech to ease your guilt. clowns to the left, clowns to the left, to the left….idiots of the highest order this government

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    • Dennis Horne

       /  9th May 2019

      If there were natural gas it would have been found by now. Fact is, fossil fuel deposits are heading into the “stranded asset” phase of development.

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    • Duker

       /  10th May 2019

      Killing natural gas?
      You forget the oil companies with active exploration leases, cancelled them when the oil price dropped through the floor and left the area.
      Apparently all that oil and gas that is supposed to be there , suddenly wasnt.

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  4. Money down the…..carbon sink.

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