NEIL HOLDOM: Are there cheaper low-carbon options than pumped storage?

Neil Holdom
Thu, 30 Jul 2020

Neil Holdom
Thu, 30 Jul 2020
News our government will explore a potential multi-billion dollar pumped hydro facility at Lake Onslow is a welcome sign we are moving beyond rhetoric and into options analysis as NZ Inc seeks a prudent way forward in an era of rapid change and significant uncertainty.While there is a view Rio Tinto’s announced closure of its aluminium smelter near Bluff next year could be the final dramatic tactic in an ongoing campaign to leverage lower energy and transmission costs from the electricity sector, it seems likely the facility will close in...
MARKET CLOSE: Reserve Bank measures limit virus-driven stock slide
Dan Brunskill | Wed, 12 Aug 2020

Reserve Bank stimulus helped soften a fall by New Zealand equities as investors reacted to a covid-19 flare-up which has put Auckland back into a level-3 lockdown. The S&P/NZX 50 Index declined 153...

PETER GRIFFIN: Tracing tech still running to catch up
Peter Griffin | Wed, 12 Aug 2020

We should have gone back into our state of covid-19 lockdown with an effective digital contact tracing technology in place.

UPDATE: RBNZ revs up the printing press, doesn't rule out negative rates
Rebecca Howard | Wed, 12 Aug 2020

(Updates to add comment from RBNZ governor and assistant governor)  The Reserve Bank kept the official cash rate at a record low 0.25 percent but expanded its large-scale asset purchase programme t...

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