Tagged: Tiwai Point

As NZ gets serious about climate change, can electricity replace fossil fuels in time? - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Feb 17, 2021

Jen Purdie, University of Otago As fossil fuels are phased out over the coming decades, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) suggests electricity will take up much of the slack, powering our vehicle fleet and replacing coal and gas in industrial processes. But can the electricity system really provide for this increased load where and when it is needed? The … Read More

Power play: despite the tough talk, the closure of Tiwai Point is far from a done deal - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 15, 2020

Geoff Bertram, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Another year, another round of hostage-taking by the owners of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. As always, Rio Tinto has made the first move, threatening to close New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS) in Southland unless some ransom is paid. A thousand jobs would be lost, with a further 1,600 … Read More