Jun 15, 2008

Power Crisis: Why Blame The Government?

Fran O'Sullivan hits the nail on the head today

But that's as good as it gets. The reality, and the negative element, is that New Zealand does not have sufficient reserve supply to cope with the years when drought affects southern lake levels.
The Government must take the blame for this predicament.
It needs to let the power industry respond appropriately by building new generators. It needs to remove the ban on new baseload thermal generation so that Genesis Energy can build another plant.
It needs to amend planning laws to put national interests first. So far, it is not heeding the message.

And it needs to adopt a more realistic policy response to controlling greenhouse gas emissions....