Articles tagged Gareth Hughes

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In a move that has polarised Green politicians and activists, Genesis Energy has announced it will keep burning coal until 2025 and possible as late as 2030. With James Shaw and Greenpeace lining up on opposite sides of the issue, Thomas Coughlan reports on why Huntly's smoke stacks could stay up for at least another decade.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright , released her final report into the environmental impacts of fracking in New Zealand on Wednesday. Here's six things to know about the report and the ensuing reaction.

A report by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) on the Labour/Green proposal for a single state-owned electricity buyer has found it would increase private consumption spending by 0.1%, but leave real national disposable income unchanged. It would also encourage extra consumption and increase carbon emissions by as much as 0.5%.

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Green Co-Leader Russel Norman has announced a Green Government would offer low interest loans to home owners to install solar panels. Here's a briefing on the details, the pros and the cons and the political positioning.

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Meridian Energy Chief Executive Mark Binns entered the debate over the Labour/Green NZ Power plan for a single power buyer on Thursday, saying it would tend to favour gas-fired plants over renewable projects.