Posted on 1-7-2004
Zealanders Preferred Energy
PlaNet TV (PTV) has screened `Energy 21', we'll screen again
Triangle and other Regional TV channels, as it is imperative
government get the message about where NZers want their energy
sourced from and what they don't want.
1 July 2004
New Zealanders "overwhelmingly" support wind energy
and hydro electricity,
an Electricity Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)
Wind power came out top in the EECA-commissioned survey of attitudes
towards electricity generation options carried out by UMR.
About 82 per cent of respondents approved or strongly approved
of wind power.
Hydro power generation had 79 per cent approval, while geothermal
67 per cent.
NZPA understood that the study did not outline how much each
energy production cost.
When people were asked if they supported a wind farm being built
local area support dropped to 60 per cent.
Eighteen per cent opposed a wind farm in their area, Energy
Nine per cent did not want them even if they could not see or
Wind power was set to grow from around 40 megawatts to 160MW
in the year
to next April, Mr Hodgson said.
Growth was in part due to the government Projects to Reduce
programme, under which six proposed wind farms were being awarded
The programme awards credits that reduce greenhouse gas emissions
would not otherwise go ahead.
Carbon credits, or emission units, are internationally tradeable
to the financial value of a project that will reduce greenhouse
"New Zealand has an abundant wind resource capable of producing
per cent of (its) electricity needs," Mr Hodgson said.
"The perceived main problem with wind, that it is unreliable,
is not an
issue in New Zealand.
"Wind and hydro are ideal complementary renewable power
when the wind does not blow we effectively have electricity
stored in our