Archive: Hot Topic 2012

Tiwai Point uncertainty stalls NZ renewables

Simon Johnson May 24, 2016

New Zealand Aluminium Smelter Limited is behind the Meridian/Genesis deal keeping the Huntly Thermal Power Station burning coal as the threat of closing the Tiwai Point smelter is stalling the construction of consented renewable energy projects. My last post at Hot Topic was about energy companies Meridian and Genesis doing a deal to keep the Huntly Thermal Power … Read More

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When the world warms, the Arctic burns

Gareth Renowden May 19, 2016

The Arctic has been ridiculously warm this last northern hemisphere winter. The sea ice maximum in March was the smallest in the record (by a small margin). April was another warm month in the far North — especially over Greenland — and May is continuing the warm streak. The sea ice is showing the effects of prolonged unusual … Read More

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NZ’s emissions reductions go up in smoke as generators keep Huntly coal burning

Simon Johnson May 04, 2016

The decision to keep the Huntly coal thermal power station open for another four years is not only contrary to all New Zealand’s commitments and climate targets, it also sends the Ministry for the Environment’s projections of stabilising energy emissions to 2020 up in a cloud of coal smoke. We seem to have had an extra dose of announcements and … Read More

Did NZ Steel make windfall arbitrage profits from the ETS?

Simon Johnson Apr 28, 2016

In the wake of the Morgan Foundations hard-hitting report “Climate Cheats”, Simon Johnson (aka Mr February) asks if New Zealand Steel received millions of emission units for free under the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme industrial allocation provisions and yet still bought millions of the dubious international Russian units (ERUs) to make windfall arbitrage profits. The Morgan Foundation’s latest report … Read More

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NZ uses dodgy Ukrainian carbon credits, minister in denial

Mr February Apr 26, 2016

Minister for Climate Change Paula Bennett has just been in New York signing the UN Paris Agreement. While in New York, Bennett was interviewed by TV One USA correspondent and general nice guy Jack Tame for Television NZ’s Q + A news show. I wonder if Paula Bennett thought she would get a soft, jokey interview with that … Read More

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Fonterra’s coal-fired climate folly

Guest Work Apr 18, 2016

By Jeanette Fitzsimons Cross-posted from Coal Action Network Aotearoa  Why would Fonterra spend several million dollars on a process lasting nearly a year, seeking planning consent for a huge new milk drier that it knows will never be built? Perhaps that’s not a lot of money to them – after all, one million is only three months’ salary for … Read More

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Amid NZ coal mine closures, layoffs, do we need two new mines?

Cindy Baxter Mar 14, 2016

Last week was a bad week for coal mines on the West Coast. Work on the Denniston Plateau has now stopped Early in the week, Solid Energy announced 24 workers would lose their jobs from the Stockton mine, and by the end of the week, Bathurst announced that it is putting the Denniston mine on hold, laying off 12 … Read More

Fixing the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme is just flogging the dead horse

Mr February Mar 01, 2016

Simon Johnson looks at ‘fix the ETS’ metaphors and argues that trying to incrementally ‘save’ or ‘fix’ the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme will ensure it remains ineffective in reducing domestic emissions for decades. Politically, its just flogging the dead horse. We don’t have time for a unending institutionalised cultural conflict over ‘fixing the NZETS’ like the one we have had … Read More

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How fast over the cliff? more tinkering with the train-wreck NZ Emissions Trading Scheme

Mr February Feb 16, 2016

Simon Johnson aka Mr February looks at the Government’s latest token consultation about tinkering with the train-wreck New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. We are still driving fast towards a cliff but the argument has moved from which gear to air-con versus heater. The Government has kindly given us the opportunity to make a submission about how hot or cold we … Read More

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