G8 Report May Help Renewables in New Zealand

An international report may help to reverse a trend towards lower use of renewable energies in New Zealand.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, NZ, 2001-08-01 [SolarAccess.com] An international report may help to reverse a trend towards lower use of renewable energies in New Zealand. “The inclusion of a mandated target for renewable energy in the final version of the Energy Efficiency Strategy is essential to maintain and grow the contribution from renewable energy in New Zealand,” says Alistair Wilson, chairman of the country’s Wind Energy Association. A task force of the G8 countries recently released a report on the role of renewables in reducing environmental impacts and energy security risks. “In strong contrast to the pro fossil-fuel message presented in the recent IEA report on energy use in New Zealand, the G8 report highlights strong common sense strategies on the use of renewable energy,” he explains. “This will add significant new material for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy, being finalised by New Zealand Government officials at present.” The G8 document “may help reverse a trend in New Zealand where the percentage of renewable electricity has slipped backwards by a considerable amount in the last few years,” he adds. The report recommends that developed countries implement national plans to expand domestic renewable energy markets using portfolio quotas and incentive tariffs. Portfolio quotas are called ‘mandated targets’ in Australia and New Zealand. “Creation of widespread commercial renewable energy markets faces significant challenges,” explains the report. “Generally, promoting renewable energy can best be done through enlarging markets, increased, focused R&D efforts, and stimulating the market environment in both developing and developed countries.”
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