Green Party – Clean Energy Plan

The Green Party announced their Green Energy Plan yesterday. As for any small party policy this is subject to the Greens making the 5% threshold to get them back into Parliament, and is then subject to being able to negotiate this with the Labour party if they get to form a Government, and don’t get blocked by NZ First if they are also in the governing mix.

James Shaw says their policies would be funded from the Covid Recovery Fund, and would cost about $1.3 billion in the first three years.

And ditching fossil fuels will take time as they are phased out.

Clean Energy Plan

Powering Climate Change Action

When all our energy comes from the sun, the wind, and the flow of rivers, we won’t need to burn the fossil fuels that cause the climate crisis.

For decades, governments have chosen to keep burning last century’s dirty fuels. Many factories still use huge coal boilers and our largest power plant relies on 1970s coal technology. But clean alternatives exist and the Green Party understands that change is needed. The climate crisis demands urgent action to decarbonise the energy system. As we reset the economy after COVID-19, investing in clean energy will help tackle the climate crisis to build a stronger, more resilient economy. The Green Party will:

  1. Bring forward the Government’s target for 100% renewable electricity from 2035 to 2030 and re-instate the ban on building new fossil fuel electricity generation.
  2. Equip all suitable public housing with solar panels and batteries, saving people on their power bills and enabling them to share clean energy with their neighbours.
  3. Make it 50% cheaper for everyone to upgrade to solar and batteries for their own homes, with Government finance.
  4. Create a $250 million community clean energy fund to support communities, iwi, and hapū to build and share low-cost, clean energy with their neighbours.
  5. Train thousands of people for clean energy careers with a clean energy training plan, developed with the energy industry, training providers, and unions.
  6. Ban new fossil-fuelled industrial heating systems and boilers in our first 100 days in Government, end industrial coal use in Aotearoa by 2030, and end industrial gas use by 2035.
  7. Triple existing financial support for businesses to replace coal and gas with clean energy alternatives.
  8. Stop issuing permits for new onshore fossil fuel extraction.
  9. Update planning rules to make it easier to build new wind farms.

Affordable home solar

Grants will cover 50% of the cost of a standard sized solar and battery system, including for rental homes. These grants will be delivered in partnership with existing solar companies and not-for-profit energy organisations, who already have the skills and experience needed to scale up.

Solar state homes

The rooftops of the 63,000 state homes throughout Aotearoa are an untapped opportunity to create free electricity from the sun. The Green Party will put solar panels on every suitable state house, along with a battery pack to store the power for when it’s needed. The rooftops of our public houses will become a huge Virtual Power Plant, sharing clean electricity with neighbours. This will save households $1,000 each, a year.

Community Clean Energy Fund

A $250 million Community Clean Energy Fund will empower communities, iwi and hapū, and local councils to build small-scale clean electricity generation and smart grids. Community groups will be able to apply for a grant or a loan to get good projects built. These could be local wind turbines, community solar systems, or community-owned batteries that store and share excess power generated by household rooftop solar panels. The fund would also be available for people who live in apartment buildings and papakāinga who want to share access to rooftop wind or solar electricity.

Clean industrial energy

Burning fossil fuels generates 60% of Aotearoa’s industrial heat, making it Aotearoa’s second biggest energy-related contributor to climate change. Replacing coal with clean alternatives is one of the best ways to quickly reduce Aotearoa’s carbon emissions.

The Green Party will triple current government support for businesses to replace coal and gas with clean alternatives, and to increase their energy efficiency. We expect many businesses to choose electricity, while others might burn biomass and wood waste. We will also modernise grid connection rules, making it easier for businesses to switch to electricity.

A Clean Energy Industry Training Plan will be developed with working people, energy companies, unions, and local government to help create sustainable careers and ensure a just transition to new clean energy jobs for people currently working with fossil fuels.

I had to search the full policy to find the projected costs. Some costs are vague.

Solar grants would be funded from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, and would cost $45 million in the first year, increasing over time as more people take up the offer and the solar industry expands to meet demand. The Crown would seek to recoup half the subsidy over 15 years, from a small levy.

The solar state home plan would be funded from the Government’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund at a total cost of $1.27 billion for all 63,000 state homes.

The Green Party in Government will triple the Government’s financial support for businesses making the switch to clean energy, from $33million to $100 million a year.

Building on the $200 million Clean Powered Public Service fund announced by the Government in January 2020, we will continue upgrading government buildings to be more energy efficient.

The Green Party in Government will work with Transpower to solve this problem so grid upgrades can happen faster and their costs get shared fairly.

This will cost users.

How we’ll pay for it

The cost of doing nothing to stop climate change would far exceed the costs of upgrading to clean energy. Increased droughts, floods, and storms are already taking an economic toll on Aotearoa, and around the world.

I keep hearing this claim from Greens but It is probably debatable. They link to OCDE (Organisation for EconomicCo-operation and Development) – Climate change: Consequences of inaction

Read the full Clean energy Plan policy here.

 

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  1. John J Harrison

     /  13th July 2020

    The Green Party never fails to disappoint.
    A party of sandal wearing nut jobs.
    If they spent an hour viewing Michael Moore’s Planet of the Humans they would realize that what is now their policy is nothing less than arrant nonsense.
    After all Michael Moore was once their go- to – god until he took the time to expose their unadulterated flaws.

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    • Blazer

       /  13th July 2020

      Yes their ideas would be quite repugnant to many indoctrinated right wingers.
      Policies that look toward a brighter future for coming generations and preserving the planet are dismissed by the Johns of the world who believe in ‘I’m alright Jack’….won’t be around much longer…so who cares.

      We have moved on from 6 o’clock closing and mowing the lawns and polishing the Cortina before the Sunday roast John.

      Wake up and smell the…covfefe.

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  2. David

     /  13th July 2020

    Where is the logic in having 100% renewable power generation then making a mess of the environment by manufacturing dirty solar panels and even dirtier batteries both of which have a quite a short shelf life.
    The Greens oppose vehemently any new hydro scheme..and pretty much every other power generation scheme which should be in their policy that they will no longer oppose any 100% renewable energy scheme (that of course isnt egregiously horrid) and roll out electric charging station on the highway system and then I would take them seriously and take notice.
    This is just a typical lefty policy that vomits out taxpayer cash to chosen people with naff all thought. It really is bloody lazy for a party in government with access to unlimited advice and maths.

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  3. lurcher1948

     /  13th July 2020

    I have noticed at the ACT party launch the number of [deleted],it was pure white from behind.I wonder what the voters of Epson think of the party of one,becoming the party of [deleted],that’s stealing National party policy.

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    • John J Harrison

       /  13th July 2020

      Lurcher, when you cannot fault their policies you go so low and suggest the launch was a KKK reunion.
      Perhaps you merely “forgot” to mention that David Seymour is part – Maori, as to are a number of the top 10 candidates.
      So tell us all Lurcher, what is it you were trying to say which would add a fact or two to the debate.
      Your racist comments are simply reprehensible.

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      • Corky

         /  13th July 2020

        [Deleted] When a socialist is on the back foot anything is possible. He had previously written ACT off…apparently they were due to expire at the upcoming election. 😏

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      • lurcher1948

         /  13th July 2020

        When a righty is clutching at straws,or faith in the ACT party, produce the race card

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        • Pink David

           /  13th July 2020

          Amusing given your own racist rants.

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          • lurcher1948

             /  13th July 2020

            How cant i be called a racist….i identify as being white

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            • lurcher1948

               /  13th July 2020

              I have decided due to my age and hospital board(Capital & Coast) Wellington, and their race based elective system,i am now identifying as a Pacific Islander, having being born in Palmerston North,in New Zealand which is in the Pacific ocean, HENCE IM A PACIFIC ISLANDER…go to the head of the queue for operations

            • John J Harrison

               /  13th July 2020

              Lurcher, at last you have caught on to the COL latest racist act re hospital admissions.
              We all wish you a speedy and complete recovery.

    • Lurch, your television colour must be faulty. I saw a number of non-white people there, just as there always are.

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  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  13th July 2020

    Make it 50% cheaper for everyone to upgrade to solar and batteries for their own homes, with Government finance.
    Create a $250 million community clean energy fund to support communities, iwi, and hapū to build and share low-cost, clean energy with their neighbours.

    The socialist delusion. You don’t make anything cheaper by throwing taxpayer money at it, you only change how you pay for it. The only way you make something cheaper is to innovate in how you produce, market and distribute it. Only private enterprise can do that. Socialism exists to stop that happening.

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    • Blazer

       /  13th July 2020

      Making electricity available to citizens at cost is a wonderful idea.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  13th July 2020

        Worked brilliantly in Soviet Russia, didn’t it?

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        • Blazer

           /  13th July 2020

          How could it not…you’re telling the..story.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  13th July 2020

            Soviet Russians: “We pretend to work and the Government pretends to pay us.”

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            • The Greens must think that people are too stupid to know that if it’s paid for by the government, it’s paid for by the people themselves from taxes.

              The government has no money; it’s our money.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  13th July 2020

              Unfortunately Green voters are that stupid.

            • Not our money. Shaw says their policies will be paid for by the Covid recovery Fund, which is borrowed money. So not our money, our debt.

            • Blazer

               /  13th July 2020

              Sounds like what you’re doing …now.

            • It is our money in that we are paying it back. It’s our debt, taken out in our name. The Greens are squandering it as if was a lottery prize.

            • Blazer

               /  13th July 2020

              ‘The government has no money; it’s our money.’

              Well,well perhaps you can explain where money’ comes from then!
              Somehow I doubt it.

  5. PartisanZ

     /  13th July 2020

    Everyone’s studiously avoiding the HUGE White Elephant in the Room, Farming …

    And studiously avoiding the BABY White Elephant in the Room, Motor Vehicles …

    School boiler-rooms rather pale by comparison IMHO.

    We need to disconnect from Fossil-Fuels completely asap, KUA MUTU, not just Fossil-Fuel Energy.

    We can metaphorically-speaking kill 20 birds with each one inert-stone producing Gasification Facility … ‘Localism & Self-Sufficiency’ …

    Possibly ‘Exnovation’ is what’s required now … (look it up on Wiki) …

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