Take steps now to keep the lights on

Take steps now to keep the lights on
More renewables investment increases the importance of natural gas to back up the electricity system. (Image: Getty)
John Carnegie
As the sun blazes over New Zealand these holidays, it’s not just the good weather making the new government sweat. Behind the scenes, there's looming concern about the potential for winter blackouts and our national energy security.The previous Labour government spent six years chasing a goal most knew to be unobtainable: 100% renewable electricity by 2030. Its total renewable energy goal of 50% by 2035 was equally heroic.Goals pursued to appease calls for climate action at any cost have not benefitted NZ’s energy security or af...

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