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A Good Idea?

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, September 1st, 2012 - 156 comments
Categories: climate change, energy, Environment, infrastructure, sustainability - Tags: , , ,

Planning permission has been sought to construct the world’s largest windfarm off the Scottish coast. Estimated to cost around 4.5 billion pounds and cover some 300 square km of ocean, if the project receives the green light, it will produce up to 40% of Scotland household power use. When compared to other forms of energy generation, it’s alleged that CO2 emmissions would  be cut by between 1.5  and 4.5 million tonnes p/a.

I’m drawn to the idea. And merely wonder whether the design plans include mechanisms for capturing wave power in conjunction with wind power. (I’m no engineer, but it seems to me a fairly simple proposition to capture the energy of wave hydrolics within the vertical column of a windmill’s shaft.)

Given that NZ has a similar population to Scotland and, at least for the time being, still has engineers. And given that NZ has much more coastline or ocean to utlilise than Scotland has, would it be crazy to suggest that the billions being spent on roads and other  infrastucture projects be (at least in some instances) re-allocated to something that would be of use in the future?

I’m not holding my breath.

As George Monbiot points out in the same newspaper, even given unprecedented levels of melting arctic ice and other climate indicators ‘going to pot’, it appears that those nice people we give decision making powers to just don’t ‘get it’.

156 comments on “A Good Idea?”

  1. tc 1

    Yes but we produce enough green power now it just has to be distributed where it’s needed, much like wealth and income so don’t expect anything from the hollowmen other than oil, roads. And privatisation.

    We could do with harnessing NI wind for the bulk of population that lives there and the scots have been refining wind power for years now with retractable blades in high winds etc.

    • Bill 1.1

      I’m not altogether sure how much of NZ’s primary power is re-newable. The figures I’ve seen range from 38% to 74%. I could guess that the 74% relates solely to electricity generation and the 38% relates to all energy use.

      If that’s the case; that only 38% of all energy is renewable, then would the next step not be to enquire as to how much of the remaining 62% could or should be substituted or coverted to run from a renewable electrical source?

      And I get that there are sometimes large losses because of transmission and so on. But how difficult would it be to figure out optimum size/location for off-shore wind farms? And how difficult would it be (in the case of household use) to reintroduce ‘ripple control’ whereby the likes of hot water cylinders only kick in during the early hours when demand is minimal and supply is ‘sloshing’, thereby reducing the total necessary generating capacity?

      • BernyD 1.1.1

        They’re gearing for Home based small wattage generation in Australia (Solar mainly).
        I think it’s the best approach each house can add a little to the local supply.
        You still need to have big generation capabilities, but it reduces the long haul distribution requirements somewhat.

      • mickysavage 1.1.2

        38% probably includes transportation.  If you got rid of almost every car and had an electric train system it would improve dramatically.  Hard to imagine I know.  But it shows how big a problem it is to address CO2 production.

    • Fisiani 1.2

      It is a good idea and there are plenty of places around NZ where it could be done. The trouble is that the Greens would oppose it because a seagull or two might die. It could only happen with a strong National government. No progress would ever take place with the Greens in cabinet. That is the main reason that they have never been in cabinet and hopefully never will be.

      • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1

        Idiot. Last time I looked the Greens were the ones championing this idea. NACT are getting in the way.

        • weka 1.2.1.1

          Yes, and have been for a long time. Jeanette Fitzimmons (my emphasis):

          Concerns about the threat to birds are overstated. The much-cited Altamont Pass scheme in California was always unsuitable because it is in the path of a migration route, which is not the case in our open landscape. The BBC reported this week that a Royal Society-published study of offshore wind farms in Denmark shows that in such open space birds fly around them.

          With one exception, all wind farms proposed in New Zealand have sailed through the resource consent process. They have been much faster and easier to consent and build than hydro or thermal plant. West Wind may run into more opposition because of deeply held views about skylines and aesthetic values, but the Makara Guardians are entitled to their beliefs and their opinions.

          Wind power is the best thing we can do for our electricity supply at this point in time. Compared with coal, gas, hydro or nuclear the impacts are low. But wind, even on a large scale, is not a silver bullet. Ultimately new generation, even renewable capacity, is only a part of the puzzle. To face up to the ecological constraints that these islands and the planet place upon us we must develop that other great resource – the energy we now waste. Sustainable energy doesn’t just mean making power smarter, it means using it smarter too.

           

           

          http://www.greens.org.nz/features/right-disagree-clean-green-wind-energy

      • weka 1.2.2

        Anti-Green propaganda :yawn:

         
        Supporting Wind Energy
        New Zealand has an excellent wind resource that can be used for pumping or electricity generation. Wind farms are quick to be commissioned, easily extended, and can be sited close to demand. The combination of wind and hydro is particularly beneficial as water can be stored in the lakes when the wind is blowing and used to generate power when it is not. Care is needed in choosing sites for wind farms, in order to respect cultural values such as iconic views. We want to see communities and energy companies agreeing about possible wind farm sites before specific proposals are developed. The Green Party will:

        Provide planning assistance to district and regional councils, to enable them to provide sites for wind farms in their plans that minimise conflict with other community values in advance of specific proposals.

        http://www.greens.org.nz/policy/energy-policy 

      • mike e 1.2.3

        fisianal you give dumb a bad name if you want to be taken seriously get your facts right.

        • lprent 1.2.3.1

          He usually just makes them up with a mixture of actual fact, a great deal of wishful thinking, and glued together with National party bullshit. It has a quite distinct odor. Sort of Murray McCully sleaze….

  2. RedLogix 2

    I’m not altogether sure how much of NZ’s primary power is re-newable.

    In terms of electricity you are right, something in the order of 75% comes from hydro, wind and geothermal. … of which the latter remains the big undeveloped potential. Better still the areas of high heat flux are all in the NI where the demand is.

    The rest of our energy use is roughly split between oil, coal and gas. The oil goes mainly into running our very substantial truck fleet and this is where a decent electric rail system could substitute a useful portion.

    Another big chunk of coal and gas go into processing in our dairy and timber/pulp industries.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      Good break down as to where oil goes over Auckland Transport Blog.

      The oil goes mainly into running our very substantial truck fleet and this is where a decent electric rail system could substitute a useful portion.

      Yep but we won’t get that from this government as profits will go down especially while the generators are in government ownership.

  3. just saying 3

    I know this is even more central-planning than the interesting project you’ve brought up here Bill, but as I understand it, we could shut down Huntly right now, if NZers simply organised to shower or bathe at any other time than between 6 and 9am. And it would be soooo easy to reward households for when they don’t use hotwater (and much cheaper than building new forms of generation).

    Personally I’m really looking forward to small communities organising to meet more an more of their own energy needs with community windmills and solar generation. I hope it will start to happen as affordable technology becomes readily available.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1

      Domestic Hotwater is normally under what used to be called ripple control so can be shut down between 6 and 9 pm, and often is for line company purposes.
      I dont know about “small communities”, what you describe can be achieved for each house. Scaling it up doesnt achieve much , except for wind power .

  4. ghostwhowalksnz 4

    “it seems to me a fairly simple proposition to capture the energy of wave hydrolics within the vertical column of a windmill’s shaft.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave_power

    A quick calculation gives the following “36 kilowatts of power potential per meter of wave crest”

    Thats potential power , then there is the actual power takeoff, many methods are available, but you could rule out using the vertical shaft of the windmill as its probably on the near surface thats of use

    • Jackal 4.1

      I think any change to a windmills hydrodynamics would come at a cost to the stability of the windmill. The lateral stresses involved in ocean windmills in conjunction with normal blade type wave turbines would increase construction costs because more overall materials would need to be used. The increased boundary layer would cause huge strain rates that would be difficult to engineer for. I’m not saying it’s impossible, and perhaps Point absorber wave generators would be viable, but finding an area where the elements are conducive to both wind and wave generation and the added cost from additional strengthening would make such a project prohibitive.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 4.1.1

        I notice Caithness is 58 degrees north longitude, while our southernmost city Invercargill is only 46.

        The Auckland Islands, the closest of our Sub antartic islands is still only 50 degrees longitude

        We would have to go further to Macquarie Island further south of Auckland Islands, but part of Australia !, to get to 54 degrees

        Still short of being as far south as Caithness is north. This having an influence on the winds.
        Campbell Island is a windy place, with gusts of over 96 kilometres per hour (50 kn; 60 mph) occurring on at least 100 days each year. – Wikipedia

  5. weka 5

    It depends on how close you think energy descent is (peak everything). Personally I think that the money, time and energy would be better put into transforming the building industry so that we build energy efficient houses as standard (and by energy efficiency I mean very energy efficient, not the nods towards efficiency we have now), retro fit existing houses, and learn how to live in smaller spaces. And at the same time focus on local power generation. Putting such a large generating capacity in one place is asking for trouble over the medium and long term – Chch has taught us the problems of centralisation.

    Ideally we should be aiming to use less energy than we currently generate.

    However you are of course right, the people with the power really don’t get it. I would like to see an analysis of the Scottish wind farm in the context of the information coming from CC scientists about the arctic circle and how this will affect weather cycles in the northern hemisphere. Are they considering worst case scenarios in their planning? Which ones? Likewise the GFC.

    • BernyD 5.1

      I don’t think they can face the worst case scenarios.
      They’d much rather close their eyes and let the “Evil” run it’s course.
      … Morons

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      Personally I think that the money, time and energy would be better put into transforming the building industry so that we build energy efficient houses as standard…

      It’s not an either/or option as we can, and should, do both.

      Putting such a large generating capacity in one place is asking for trouble over the medium and long term…

      Well, that’s the beauty of wind generation – it’s best distributed over a wide area and connected into a smart grid. Some places will have wind, some won’t and so the average generation will be more constant. But it still won’t be local in many places as the best place to put it is out to sea.

      • I can’t understand why new houses don’t have, by design, solar panels on the roof. It makes sense. Even if just one to heat the water. Why wouldn’t you?

        • felix 5.2.1.1

          I often wonder this too. In the last 3 years there have been about 15 or 20 new houses built within half a kilometre of where I live.

          One has a solar panel on the roof.

          • TheContrarian 5.2.1.1.1

            Fuck man, even just one fucking panel. Bizarre that it isn’t common practice.

            • Tiresias 5.2.1.1.1.1

              It can take ten years for the investment on solar heating or power on a property to pay off. Most people look to sell and move on in five years and there’s no premium on a house-price for solar, so while it makes sense on every level except economic it’s the economic argument that wins out.

              • Draco T Bastard

                No, it’s on the economic level that it wins out, it’s on the financial level that it fails.

        • DH 5.2.1.2

          That costs too much, IMO it’s better leaving it to people to install when their finances support it.

          What new houses should have in their design is the maximum possible north facing roof space at the right angle and the plumbing ready to install solar water heaters. It’s the installation costs that make it marginal economically and they can address that by making houses solar-ready.

          • Colonial Viper 5.2.1.2.1

            Time of building is the most cost efficient time to get something like this installed.

          • Draco T Bastard 5.2.1.2.2

            That costs too much, IMO it’s better leaving it to people to install when their finances support it.

            Making solar mandatory will bring down production costs per panel making them cheaper.

            • tc 5.2.1.2.2.1

              That’s the only way, roof tiles have solar power built in now so it’s a case, like insulation/double glazing, of making it mandatory.

              Rural approach, taken suburban, water catchment etc be more self sufficient.

              The Germans are winding back 25% of peak demand gas etc as their loads has taken a hit through similar cross the board approach.

          • weka 5.2.1.2.3

            “That costs too much”

            I think it’s more about priorities and perception. People could build smaller houses and use the savings to install solar. We live in larger houses than we used. We don’t have to, esp while heating is still relatively cheap.

            “What new houses should have in their design is the maximum possible north facing roof space at the right angle and the plumbing ready to install solar water heaters” 

            And passive solar design as standard. 

  6. weka 6

    But, hey, here’s a good reason to build the wind farm

    “It has already attracted controversy because it is opposed by American billionaire Donald Trump, who says the 200-metre-high turbines will spoil the view from his planned new golf course.” 

  7. BernyD 7

    It’s a great Idea.

    Maintenance is the issue, and waves aren’t consistent enough to generate power from.
    Tidal currents are though.

  8. Tracey 8

    What’s thw orst that can happen tot he environment if a wind farm fails in some major way? This alone makes it a better idea than say oil drilling or mining coal.

  9. Draco T Bastard 9

    Hot Topic covered wind generation the other day:

    The second item was from the Earth Policy Institute (EPI), and reported that offshore wind development is picking up pace. Globally wind power now has 238,000 megawatts of capacity installed. Most of that is land-based, but the focus of the article was on the rise in offshore wind capacity, which has expanded nearly six-fold since 2006 to currently stand at 4600 megawatts. The article provides a useful overview of the prospective future development.

    So wind generation is picking up in the rest of the world but in NZ:

    And a report in Saturday’s NZ Herald was a sobering reminder that the $7 billion invested in the oil and gas sector over the past five years puts it far ahead of any other local sector when it comes to investment in new productive capacity. NZ is hardly on the brink of transition from fossil fuels, hardly, it seems, even interested in the possibility while there’s money to be made from exploiting them.

    Yeah, still stuck in last century relying on dwindling and expensive (both monetarily and environmentally) resources (coal and oil).

  10. DH 10

    Main problem with wind power is it’s expensive. If we really had a Government with nous we’d take advantage of this;

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/9506945/Dark-clouds-gather-over-Chinas-once-booming-solar-industry.html

    Prices are so low you could install a 100 megawatt solar power system for under $150million. It’s almost as cheap as hydro and uses less land than most dams. We could be doing China a favour while at the same time providing for our future. It won’t happen of course.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      And the problem with solar is that it only works during the day meaning that you need to build huge, expensive, storage facilities. The best option is to use a combination of renewables.

      BTW, the cost is coming down all the time.

      • DH 10.1.1

        We’ve got those. They’re called dams. Solar certainly won’t solve the peak demand problem but it can help alleviate it and there’s an opportunity there that comes once in a lifetime. They’re selling at below cost to keep their plants running in the hope that business will pick up again, it won’t last forever.

        If we build too much high-cost wind & wave generation we’ll end up getting stuck with expensive power. It costs twice as much as hydro. Other countries are already facing that problem; they’re stuck with huge subsidies for the next 20yrs and their power supply infrastructure will be a substantial economic burden over the longer term. We can steal a march on them.

        • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.1

          Other countries are already facing that problem;

          Actually, the problem is that they’re having private firms and investors build it and that puts the prices up. If the government built them itself, printed the money to do so and treated the expense as a sunk cost (i.e, you don’t get it back) then all that needs to be collected from the users would be enough to maintain the infrastructure. The private investors need to get both their money back and a profit which is why they’re after the government subsidies.

          • DH 10.1.1.1.1

            It’s worse than that. The governments are guaranteeing those private businesses a price for the power they’re generating, for periods of up to twenty years. Germany heavily promoted investment by private solar power generators & guaranteed the price they’d receive for power for the life of the setup. Solar cost a fortune when they did all that, more than five times as much as it is now, so the prices they’re receiving are correspondingly high and will be for another 20yrs.

            UK and Aus have similar problems, as do others. They’ve committed themselves to really high power prices when the cost of alternate forms of generation will keep falling into the future. If NZ plays its cards right we could gain a substantial competitive advantage by not committing to expensive power.

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.2

        And the problem with solar is that it only works during the day meaning that you need to build huge, expensive, storage facilities.

        You use excess solar power to pump water up into a dam. After the sun goes down, you can run hydro-generation off the stored water.

        • Daveosaurus 10.1.2.1

          Or even just run a diversified energy generation system… wind when it’s blowing, solar when it’s shining, hydro when neither is happening. If there’s excess energy from those three sources, shut down a fossil energy plant for a while.

          • DH 10.1.2.1.1

            Yeah, they’re not insurmountable problems when the price is right. It’s another good illustration of why selling the power companies is a bad idea. Our power infrastructure needs to be centrally managed to get the best economic gains from it.

        • mike e 10.1.2.2

          Rather than pump water up hill don’t use water while the solar is being generated.

      • Hammer 10.1.3

        WOW – finally worked out that it does NOT work after dark.
        So, your answer to no wind after dark?
        when many are home getting dinner, bathing the children; trying to keep warm?

        I suggest you ask the Germans – their answer is…….
        build more coal/gas fired power stations – aka forget about the Co2 bulldust and get real.

        • lprent 10.1.3.1

          So, your answer to no wind after dark?

          He was talking about solar, not wind. I guess you don’t get out during the night?

          In the last comment I read of yours it appeared that you were cutting and pasting from a really stupid source without any real understanding. If you want to look even more stupid than your other remark make you appear, hen all you have to do is to just reply to things without reading the conversation. It drops you from being a blustering fool to just being an simple idiot.

          It also moves you into my moderator sights as being a dumb troll… I find that dribbling on our site from those unable to think quite irritating – and it does nothing much for the debate. You have now had your warning. I suggest you read the policy.

          • TheContrarian 10.1.3.1.1

            “It also moves you into my moderator sights as being a dumb troll”

            That’s funny. For a second you sounded like you actually had some real authority. 

        • Draco T Bastard 10.1.3.2

          So, your answer to no wind after dark?

          Plenty of wind after dark – I can hear it howling ATM. BTW, if you’d done a bit of reading before spouting off at the mouth you would have read and realised that I advocate using the full range of renewable options including wind, solar, hydro and geothermal meaning that there wouldn’t be a lack at any time. Also, if you’d bother to educate yourself you would have known that after dark is off peak time(PDF) for residential power use which is why businesses get it so damn cheaply then which means that after dark is the time when houses are more likely to have enough power.

          Basically, you’re going round inventing horror stories through your ignorance.

          I suggest you ask the Germans – their answer is…….
          build more coal/gas fired power stations

          Got proof of that assertion? Because I get this:

          More than 21,607 wind turbines are located in the German federal area and the country has plans to build more wind turbines.

          Doesn’t seem to be the actions of a country finding fault with wind generation.

  11. Fortran 11

    Great Idea but NIMBY.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      The advantage of building out to sea is that it can’t be NIMBY.

      Good for the sea as well as they act as artificial reefs.

      • Colonial Viper 11.1.1

        building it out in the sea is wasteful financially, energetically and resource-wise. Its highly short sighted. You will struggle to maintain those structures with sail ships and steamers.

        • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1.1

          Don’t see why.

          • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1.1

            Because anything in the middle of the sea is harder to maintain than if it is on terra firma. Whether its an oil well or wind farm.

            • lprent 11.1.1.1.1.1

              Fewer NIMBY’s though.
              The usual wind levels will be on the order of at least twice what they’d be on most land in NZ (there are a few wind funnels around that will be better. Often they’d be an order of magnitude better.
              Most places that are really good wind areas also require roading capable of transporting some heavy equipment (these days most wind turbines are pretty big and heavy).
              etc

              Usual kinds of trade offs.

              • Draco T Bastard

                (these days most wind turbines are pretty big and heavy)

                The picture on this article gives a fairly good idea of scale and all we have to do is build them in a ship yard and float them out.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Micro and community generation builds far more resiliency for the future

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    At far greater cost.

                    • weka

                      Only if you are increasing power use and running a growth economy.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Nope, many small turbines will use more resources for the same power generated that you can get by building a few large ones. That excess use of resources is what we really want to prevent and, IMO, the main reason why power got centralised and became a monopoly in the first place. We don’t have to grow the economy – that’s only needed due to capitalism and our debt based monetary system.

                      Basically, we’re heading back to the same sort of physical economics that our grand parents and great grand parents understood but we’re doing it with a hell of a lot more knowledge about what we can do with those resources. Contrary to what Robert Atack, John Greer and several other people think we’re not about to lose our technological society.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Nope, many small turbines will use more resources for the same power generated that you can get by building a few large ones.

                      Yeah so? Do you not understand the advantages?

                      Like the fact that it totally Tory proofs that power generation from being sold off as is happening with MRP, Meridian etc? Think strategically, man, not in terms of “cost efficiency”.

                    • weka

                      “Nope, many small turbines will use more resources for the same power generated that you can get by building a few large ones. ”

                      But only if you require 100 units of power generation.

                      If you require 20, then it’s cheaper than what you are proposing.

                      I’m basically saying powerdown now while we can and use our existing big generators to set up small, local, resilient power production while we still can. And that is dependent on using less power.

                      You are saying, lets carry on as we are (in terms of consumption*), but do it in a green way. I’m saying you can only do that with cheap oil and the global economy.

                      *although I’m not clear if you think we can keep increasing power demand, or if you have some strategy for keeping it at the level it is now. If it’s the former you have a problem, in that you have to keep building more and more power generators and you need a growth economy to do that. 

                    • weka

                      “Contrary to what Robert Atack, John Greer and several other people think we’re not about to lose our technological society.”

                      So you say. They say different. I get wary any time some says “I know the truth about the future”. 

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Contrary to what Robert Atack, John Greer and several other people think we’re not about to lose our technological society.

                      I believe that time will prove that JMG is right and you are wrong on this count. There will continue to be elements of high technology in society for many years to come, but their pervasive availability and affordability will end. Many branches of technological and scientific knowledge will become useless as the tools and equipment to put them into use wear out and are not replaced. And a lot of knowledge about the ‘old fashioned’ way of getting things done is going to reappear.

                    • weka

                      Which makes me happy. The worst thing that could happen now would be for humans to have the power to carry on as normal.

                      The world will be much better off when we are put back in our place.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Many branches of technological and scientific knowledge will become useless as the tools and equipment to put them into use wear out and are not replaced.

                      Tools that were built once can be built again. As I said, we’re not going to lose that knowledge and we have the resources here to build them.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Locally we’ll be able to build some things. But we won’t be able to build memory chips at 22nm and we won’t be able to build CPUs at 28nm. We’ll be able to build steam engines, but we won’t be able to construct the alloys needed for nuclear reactor containment.

                      Most likely the majority of the tech and industry we will end up relying upon will be from components which are cannabalised and salvaged – as predicted by JMG.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      But we won’t be able to build memory chips at 22nm and we won’t be able to build CPUs at 28nm.

                      Of course we will. We may not be able to make them in NZ now but we will be able to do so in the near future. That tech isn’t going anywhere (unless we’re really, really stupid).

                      We’ll be able to build steam engines, but we won’t be able to construct the alloys needed for nuclear reactor containment.

                      Why would we want to build either?

                      BTW, I’m sure you’ll find that the high tech alloys used in reactors today didn’t exist in the early 1940s.

                      The pile consisted of uranium pellets as a neutron-producing “core”, separated from one another by graphite blocks to slow the neutrons. Fermi himself described the apparatus as “a crude pile of black bricks and wooden timbers.”

                      You actually come across as someone who thinks we couldn’t do anything before the 1970s and that all the tech we had then sprung fully formed from the head of Zeus ground. As if we’re going to lose it all and not be able to redo it.

                • lprent

                  I loved this bit in wikipedia (my italics)

                  For a given survivable wind speed, the mass of a turbine is approximately proportional to the cube of its blade-length. Wind power intercepted by the turbine is proportional to the square of its blade-length.[5] The maximum blade-length of a turbine is limited by both the strength and stiffness of its material.

                  Labor and maintenance costs increase only gradually with increasing turbine size, so to minimize costs, wind farm turbines are basically limited by the strength of materials, and siting requirements.

                  Typical modern wind turbines have diameters of 40 to 90 metres (130 to 300 ft) and are rated between 500 kW and 2 MW. As of 2011 the most powerful turbine Enercon_E-126 is rated at 7.5 MW.[6]

                  They’re starting to head out past the 40M-90M radius towards the 120M radius & 10MW for offshore. Everything you read indicates that they will only be smaller on because it gets really hard to assemble them there – not to mention there aren’t that many places that and to have a 50 story windmill in the middle of a plane or hill range.

                  The maintenance costs are pretty much the same for a 7.5MW on land as it is for a 10MW offshore (which are somewhere around the currently maximum designs). But those scales of economy run until the materials strength gets too dangerous. The accident record doesn’t show them being close yet.

                  • Hammer

                    Big turbines; small turbines yada yada yada
                    Wind doesn’t stack up as a genuine source of electrical power.

                    Read this about the reality in South Australia;
                    Not hype; not opinion; just reality…..
                    Tough but true………

                    http://www.thegwpf.org/hopes-of-slashing-co2-emissions-just-blowing-in-the-wind/

                    To quote:
                    ““I have now confirmed that Acciona is not abating any GHG at all, nor has it ever nor will it during the life of the project,” Cumming wrote to Clark. “Can you please arrange for a full forensic carbon audit to be performed on Acciona Waubra, and when you also conclude that it is not abating GHG, make it repay the RECs (renewable energy certificates) and other subsidies it is claiming, and ensure Acciona is charged a carbon tax of approximately $15m that it owes.””

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      I’d say that was a load of bollocks quoted from a denialist website.

                      “I have now confirmed that Acciona is not abating any GHG at all, nor has it ever nor will it during the life of the project,”

                      The idiot hasn’t proven anything at all except that if you leave coal fired power stations running they still emit CO2. The bit that he seems to be missing is that you have to take the coal fired stations out altogether which means enough wind power to replace them. Once that’s done we can all breath easier as the CO2 emissions go down.

                      This is the same figure that was established in the past three months in The Netherlands and presented to the Dutch parliament. The Netherlands report suggests the greenhouse gas used to build and maintain a wind farm will not be abated even across the total life of the wind farm.

                      The Danish report that is not peer reviewed and coming in for sharp criticism:

                      UKERC undertook a thoroughgoing review of the evidence base available in 2006 on the costs and impacts of intermittency … Electrical engineering based modelling and simulation, and increasingly empirical data from countries where the penetration of windfarms has reached a significant level (such as Ireland, Denmark, Spain, Germany and some US states), demonstrates conclusively that wind does reduce emissions.”

            • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1.1.1.2

              Harder != impossible

              Getting to them – easy, nice leisurely sail.
              Resources will be available – we’re not going to run out. We may be more limited but we ain’t going to run out.
              Power availability – yeah, it’s power generation farm.

              And, as lprent says, wind generation on the open sea will be much better than anything on land.

        • Macro 11.1.1.2

          For the UK it is the best option – they have a huge demand for renewable energy and not much land in which to install wind farms. There is palpable antagonism towards them from James Lovelock to the ultra right denialists. So off shore it will have to be. Despite the increased costs.
          There are one or two hopeful signs of communities in Scotland taking on board the “new” technology (actually wind mills have been around for yonks).
          http://www.energyshare.com/portobello-leith-community-wind-energy-project/
          http://www.blackhillcommunityfund.co.uk/
          and more.

    • Daveosaurus 11.2

      I’d rather have a wind turbine in my back yard than a nuclear power plant.

      • Mr Burns 11.2.1

        Why do you say that? Have you ever lived with a nuclear power plant in your back yard? You get this really healthy permanent green glow and you are never cold.

        • lprent 11.2.1.1

          Bald, stooped, and with those interesting head splotches at age 40 like you? (That is as self-portrait right?)

          You know – old age is pretty good at getting that effect as well. I think I prefer the cheap option of not paying subsidies for the wealthy to overcharge me for power. I’ll get that healthy aged look at age 80 naturally :)

        • OneTrack 11.2.1.2

          Rubbish :-)

  12. captain hook 12

    I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
    too many people.
    they everywhere.
    using everyfing up.
    just like ants out of control.
    they cant stop.
    thats scientific marxist mATERIALISM FO YA!
    ooooops.

  13. Macro 13

    “Main problem with wind power is it’s expensive.”

    Bullshit!
    http://windenergy.org.nz/wind-energy/costs

    “It’s almost as cheap as hydro and uses less land than most dams.”
    Source?
    You are inferring a lot from the Telegraph report on the slowdown of a Solar Power Producer in China – the result of a world wide recession.

    Hydro can be cheap – once it has been constructed – but construction costs are high, and it’s not always an acceptable option. There are also ongoing water rights issues to be considered – something that has been taken for granted in the past.

    • DH 13.1

      Your own link says it all. $70-$120 mWhr is 7-12c per unit. Meridian are selling Manapouri power to Tiwai at less than 5c per unit…. and making a profit from it. That makes wind twice as expensive as hydro.

      Economically wind is a dog. It’s a good option for adding depth to the grid but it’s far too expensive as the mainstay. If you read the fine print in the reports on wind as an investment it’s predicated on the price of power continually increasing. I don’t want to keep paying more for power, do you?

      I’m not inferring anything from the Telegraph article. I just used it as reference to explain why the current prices out of China are so low.

      • Macro 13.1.1

        Where you make your fundamental error is that you assume that running cost = establishment cost. The Manapouri project – if it was ever to get of the ground today would be prohibitively expensive! Besides Hydro has almost no where else to go! Why else are the power providers looking at wind farms? Because they are the cheapest, quickest, and tie in with the EXISTING Hydro. A mix of Hydro Wind Solar and Geothermal will be the eventual mix for Electricity supply in this country. Others are not so fortunate as us and that is why they are building this enormous off shore farm. They have done the studies – the evidence is quite sound. Wind is the cheapest option by a long chaulk.

        • DH 13.1.1.1

          My error was in thinking I might get some intelligent discussion out of you.

          That Scottish scheme has a depreciation cost alone of about 7cents per kilowatt/hr. Start putting in big schemes like that here in NZ and we can expect to end up paying up to 50% more for power than what we are now.

          • Macro 13.1.1.1.1

            Obviously I hit a nerve!

            As I hope is obvious, there is no need to install farms of the size of the Scottish one here – we have neither the population demands, nor are we dependent upon fossil fuel or nuclear for our electrical supply. BUT we have have ample Hydro already developed, AND we have the prospect of developing more geo-thermal as well. With the forecast demands for energy, Electricity Suppliers – who already have the established hydro – see the development of wind farms – such as Mill Creek wind farm in the Ohariu Valley north-west of Wellington as part of the solution. Mill Creek is a 60 megawatt farm of 26 turbines. The project will cost $169 million and is expected to be commissioned by mid-2014 – just 2 years from now. It will increase NZ’s installed wind capacity from 623 megawatts to 683 megawatts.
            They have done the sums – wind is the best solution in the forseeable future.

            • DH 13.1.1.1.1.1

              Hit a nerve? No I just get bored with ignorant people who can’t think for themselves. You can’t do sums so you refer to some ephemeral ‘they’

              The post of mine you thought fit to sneer at before your knees stopped jerking had a pretty simple message. The message was that the cost of solar had plummeted out of China to the extent where it was, right now, significantly cheaper than wind.

              Now anyone with a modicum of intelligence would understand that in this situation the sums people did yesterday are no longer relevant today. A year ago solar used to cost more than wind. Right now it doesn’t. Today it costs a lot less. Tomorrow it might cost a lot more again. You’re obviously a little too thick to grasp that simple concept so I’ll leave you to your chest thumping.

              • Macro

                Hubris is an unbecoming trait.
                You are correct that costs of installation for various alternative energies vary dramatically from time to time – they also vary dramatically from country to country. But you are wrong to repeat the meme which is the constant theme of the “global warming denial church” that wind power is expensive.
                There are numerous studies to show that statement to be wrong, I linked to an independent study to that effect, but you chose to take umbrage and refer to the depreciated cost of Manapouri Hydro – constructed in the 1960’s! A completely false comparison. I’ll leave it at that.
                Having just returned from WA it is of interest to note that there, the state gov’t had an incentive scheme to promote the retrofitting of Solar electrical as well as Solar Water Heating. Such was the uptake – many Western Australians take Climate Change seriously – the effects are clearly noticable in a continuing drought and soaring summer temps – that the 3 year budget was exceeded in one year!
                On the other hand, Solar in Scotland would pretty much be a waste of time, whereas wind will be far more reliable

                • DH

                  Depreciated cost of Manapouri Hydro. WTF?

                  Are you so uninformed as to think that Manapouri isn’t regularly revalued to reflect current costings? Do you really think that the price they charge for Manapouri power is based on the cost of building it in the ’70s?

                  Did you learn basic maths at school? Manapouri generates 5000 gigawatt/hrs of power every year. That’s 5,000,000,000,000 watt/hrs. Now if they charge Tiwai the reported 4.5cents per kilowatt/hr that comes to how much annual revenue for Manapouri?

                  Hint; it’s between $229million and $230 million.

                  Manapouri cost $335 million to build plus another $100million spent over its life. $435million.

                  Meridian 2011 accounts asset register shows generation structures and plant at fair value of $7,297,059,000. That’s $7.2billion.

                  Depreciated cost of hydro. FFS. This site is like a fucking kindergarten at times. You sit around with your head up your arse denying what anyone in the power industry will confirm for you. Wind power is expensive.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Depreciated cost of hydro. FFS. This site is like a fucking kindergarten at times. You sit around with your head up your arse denying what anyone in the power industry will confirm for you. Wind power is expensive.

                    Yet no one has been interested enough to put money down on your solar alternative. While industry is consistently puts more money down on wind, year after year after year. Which suggests you are missing some important factors in your calculations.

                  • Macro

                    As a math and science graduate I find your insinuations as to my mathematical ability somewhat offensive.
                    Nowhere have you been able to argue convincingly that wind power is expensive – all you have done is to labour the point – that we all know anyway – that the installed hydro in this country is cheap. Big deal! The fact that overseas this is NOT the case seems to escape you. The further fact is that there is now little room for further developments of the Manapouri ilk, – the next best alternative in the short is – WIND!

              • Colonial Viper

                A year ago solar used to cost more than wind. Right now it doesn’t. Today it costs a lot less. Tomorrow it might cost a lot more again.

                But you understand that massive variability in costs is always considered as a negative in business cases?

                So in this instance it is a major cross against solar. Further, the costs of installing, running and maintaining ~50MW wind installations in NZ is a matter of record. The expertise and experience is available on hand. The same cannot be said for solar installs of any real magnitude.

                You seem to have left all these important factors out of consideration.

              • lprent

                A year ago solar used to cost more than wind. Right now it doesn’t. Today it costs a lot less.

                Kind of a pointless distinction. The cost is irrelevant and to raise it merely seems to show that you aren’t really thinking.

                It is the return that counts. For instance putting a solar array plant in in Southland on the edge of the roaring 40’s is going to yield bugger all power especially in winter. However a wind turbine on the Southland plains with those bloody awful winds roaring up from Antarctica will yield a return.

                The price of a particular power source is irrelevant. What is relevant is if it is profitable to put a particular power source in a particular place. Which is of course why you find wind turbines in northern europe and solar arrays in deserts around arabia.

                • DH

                  You only had to ask lprent, a courtesy the ready critics here are a little short on. I already know how much power you get from solar arrays, they’ve only been making the things for fifty years. NIWA have been recording and keeping records on solar irradiation in NZ for decades, you can calculate quite accurately how much power you’ll get from solar panels in any given location in the country.

                  The multiple in the upper half of the Nth Island is around 1200 without tracking. That’s 1200watt/hrs generated annually per 1watt of panel. In the lower Sth island the multiple is about 1000. Most places hover around the 1100 mark.

                  A square kilometre of land receives 1 gigawatt of solar energy at peak time of the (cloudless) day. Install a 17% efficient panel and you can theoretically get a 170 megawatt plant on that 1 sq km. In practice it would probably be about 100 megawatts, need to angle the panels. That 100megawatt plant would generate 100-120 gigawatt/hrs annually just about anywhere in the country.

                  Karapiro dam generates about 525 gigawatt/hrs annually and the lake is 7.7 sq km.

                  If the numbers didn’t add up I wouldn’t have opened my trap. But that’s enough for me, I’ve had enough.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Your math is fine, academically.

                    Happy for someone to build a small 5MW site as a NZ proof of concept. Until that happens there is no way for a large solar installation to be considered anywhere near as reliable or dependable as a large wind installation.

                    Of course, a wind farm doesn’t necessarily ruin farming uses of the underlying land, whereas solar panels do.

                    edit – reading around I see you can expect PV efficiency to drop 2% in the first year of operation and about 0.7% per year after that. At 25 years expect about 20% loss in power production.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    A 5MW site would require 5ha worth of PV panels.

                    Someone should give it a go. Same output as 7 or 8 wind turbines.

                  • lprent

                    I think that the key word in your comment was theoretically

                    Every place I have seen solar arrays being used commercially has been flat and dry. The main reason (apart from the lack of desert clouds) from what I understand is because the efficiency of the panels drops rapidly when the surfaces gets dirty. And worse when rain builds up films of dirt. So the operators clean them and they mostly do it manually because automatic mechanisms haven’t been particularly useful. Minimizing that operational cost tends to constrain the climates that arrays are set in.

                    And where are you going to find a square kilometer of land around nz that is relatively flat? The shade provided by the panels will compete with alternate uses of the sun – like growing grass or crops – which typically will bring a greater return. We tend to be a bit short on unproductive wastelands. About the only one I know offhand is right under a few ash sprouting volcanoes with their obvious disadvantages for a capital installation.

                    The other big advantage of wind compared to solar in nz is that it doesn’t significiantly interfere with other uses of the land. But I’d still prefer that the wind farms were offshore – because they’d be quite a lot more efficient and not interfere with land use at all.

                    If you have a look at planning for the dams, you’ll find that has always involved a lot of consideration of alternate productive uses of the land. Which is why we don’t have too many large hydro lakes covering a lot of high yielding farmland. They tend to be in steep river valleys.

                    The best bet for solar is in the urban wastelands – on rooftops substituting for household power requirements.

        • Anne 13.1.1.2

          Hear, hear Macro @5:18pm

          I have only come in on this debate so have not read all the comments. But let me tell you that the Meteorological Service was talking about wind farms (both land and sea) as long ago as the 1970s… and the huge potential for the future production of NZ power that it represented. Many of those old Met. soldier/scientists have since died, but they would be shocked to learn that we still haven’t taken full advantage of this enormous natural resource that we in NZ have in such abundance!

          I put it down to ignorance, stupidity and a total lack of imagination and comprehension from successive NZ governments going back to the mid -1970s.

      • mike e 13.1.2

        DH we are not making anything out of Manapouri we are subsidizing tiwai and have been from day one.

  14. >even given unprecedented levels of melting arctic ice and other climate indicators ‘going to pot’<

    The environment hasn't even come close to catching up with all the crap we have put into it, or the amount of clear felling etc, we are close to +2 above pretindustrial now, there are so many indicators showing how fucked it all is, there is no stopping this thing we are locked into extinction.
    You can build a world wide 'eco friendly' power grid, giving everyone a power socket, and a light bulb … whatever, but it is not going to stop what is already in motion.
    Even pretending a wind farm in every backyard is going to save our sorry arrases, you still have to build crap to use the power on, and the planet is about out of flat screen TVs, computers, and all the other crap we enjoy at the moment.
    Get real people, the only thing we can do to lesson the suffering 'going forward' is not produce another person, everything else you do is futile.
    You could kill yourself, but that will only reduce your suffering. Even doing a Hitler or Starlin would only reduce the #s in the rush towards the bottleneck by 1 years current increase.

    Dream on folks, don't wake up reality is to scarey.

    • infused 14.1

      You can’t say that. The left will shit themselves.

      I’ve been saying this for years… decrease in population…

    • weka 14.2

      Robert, how are we going extinct, specifically? End of civ seems reasonably likely, but I don’t see how extinction would play out.

      • Colonial Viper 14.2.1

        Robert’s exaggerating. 1B to 2B humans should be able to sustain themselves. Turn of 20th century levels.

        • weka 14.2.1.1

          I’d still like him to clarify. Maybe he means it literally: something like when we are no longer able to contain all the nukes on the planet we will all die of radiation poisoning. Something like that. 

          • Robert Atack 14.2.1.1.1

            Guy McPherson says it best http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOq2A_SGTYA

            I think we are in runaway climate change now, and there is nothing we can do about it, the planet might have been able to support 2 billion of us a thousand years or so ago, … maybe before the Romans turned the top of Africa in a desert? … but humans are just to destructive of the environment, even 2 billion peace and mung beans loving humans would fuck it up … again…. It is hypothetical to talk about what the world could support, clearly it can’t now.
            How will it pan out? I haven’t a clue maybe like this
            Financial meltdown (seems to be happening)
            Riots and mayhem in the streets ?
            Thousands starving to death, power cuts, nuke plants going ‘Fukushima’ (Fukushima never coming good) anyone one left alive inside of 10 -15 years will die of cancer, if they live that long.
            The good old USA will no doubt keep its killing machine going for a few more years …
            Shit is coming

            • weka 14.2.1.1.1.1

              If I watch 48 minutes of McPherson will he definitely say how we are going extinct?

              Financial mayhem, riots, power cuts, starving in the streets… that’s all end of civ, not extinction. The nuclear one seems more feasible, but I still don’t see how it is going to kill everyone either directly or indirectly. Got some credible figures?

              Yes, shit is coming, but we don’t know what kind. 

              • Guy talks about temp predictions for 2050, ranging from +6 to +16 (taking into account feedback loops), ok so there might be a few people living on the south pole or in the Olduvi Gorge, the oceans will be toxic, the air will have radiation levels to die for.
                What do you mean ‘credible figures’? Just do some research, listen to the likes of Guy, and that bloke from NASA ?
                Here is a potential figure for ya, coal, oil, and gas were all created at different times in the paste, at these times nothing would have survived, except molluscs and bacteria, So we have dug up about 1/3 to 1/2 of the coal? 1/2 of the oil, and a good proportion of the natural gas, it kind of looks like we will dig up or pump a bit more coal, oil and gas …. before ‘End Civ’ So just on the back of my retina I worked out that we have chucked at least one period of total global extinction of most life forms into our environment in the passed 400 years, I think it is you that should produce the evidence ‘we’ are going to be able to survive this dinosaur extinction event, that is unraveling now.

                • And the reason we are not in a fiery hell now is the cushion of the deep oceans and the ice, and I guess a lot of global dimming, as far as species extinction goes (if we don’t nuke ourselves off the planet) it may take another 30 – 50 years? but lets say 100 years, in the end I will be right, ha ha I told ya so and all that…..

                  • Sorry forgot to add one of those pesky feedback’s, as the ice goes the methane comes, they are talking ‘volcanoes’ of methane in Russia, shit could speed up exponentially, and probably is.

                  • weka

                    Lol.

                    I’m not saying you are wrong, just that I want to know how it is conceived of if people are going to say we will be extinct soon. eg the +6 to +16 is an example you have just given.

                    By credible figures I meant analysis of the nuclear situation and whether that would mean all humans would die from cancer if the plants etc weren’t maintained. 

                    Didn’t really follow the back of the retina scenario sorry. 

                    • Didn’t really follow the back of the retina scenario sorry.

                      Just saying, I worked it out in my head, that is – oil was made at a time of high global warming 55 million yeas ago and again 77 million years ago, at each time the planet was going through a mass extinction event (5 of them, we are #6), so adding the gas, and coal it equals at least one extinction events worth of crap is back in the atmosphere, so once the buffer of the ice and the particulates in the air blocking the sun, and the cooled oceans, then we will see temperatures going off the charts. WE should keep in mind that we will not stop pumping out more CO2 until we can’t, and there is tons of methane leaching from below the Arctic, as well as out of the tundra. we have way over stayed our time.

                    • http://collapseofindustrialcivilization.com/2012/08/31/the-reality-of-climate-change/

                      At this point, even if you don’t believe humans have anything to do with these extreme weather events which have grown progressively worse, the fact is that the climate is no longer falling within historic parameters from the records that have been kept over the last 116 years. An epic climate event is underway and there are 7 billion people in its path. Our leaders and the ‘captains’ of industry act as if they are powerless to do anything about it, much less alter our dependance on fossil fuels. In fact, we’re scrambling to the thawing Arctic to exploit more carbon-rich resources to cook. Nearly all scientists acknowledge that the release of CO2 from humankind’s burning of fossil fuels since the industrial revolution is the primary factor in today’s abnormal weather events. And recently, even former Koch-funded climate scientist deniers are changing their tune on the reality of anthropogenic climate change. It’s worth repeating the mind-blowing computation that we, the industrialized world, burn more than 100,000 tons of fossil fuel every hour. Certainly this has caused the acidification of the world’s oceans. A startling report from late last year stated:

                      My comment
                      In the past 5 years we have burned the carbon equivalent of every tree, animal and human, born or grown since Christ and we continue to burn the equivalent of 400 years worth of total planetary growth per year. That is what it takes to create 3 cubic kilometers of oil this is NOT including the masses of coal we burn each year.

    • fnjckg 14.3

      interesting. yes. globally-much, much suffering to come
      bottleneck.yes.many.

  15. captain hook 15

    they will when the hippy’s come back with advanced technology.

  16. weka 16

    I’m not as sure as Robert about the future doom, but it does interest me that most of the comments in this thread assume continued economic growth and increase in energy use as well as an increase in power generation being possible.

    I thought more people here were with the idea of giving up the perpetual growth paradigm, not to mention peak everything putting us into energy descent.

    • Draco T Bastard 16.1

      Not into perpetual growth but I am into maintaining a reasonable living standard and to do that essentially means access to sustainable power.

      • weka 16.1.1

        The main point we differ on is to what extent we have a choice. I think it’s likely we won’t be able to choose to maintain a reasonable standard of living in the way you mean, and the precautionary principle suggests focussing on resiliency rather than hope.

        • Draco T Bastard 16.1.1.1

          IMO, we’ve already got resilience built in due to all the renewable power already built. Maintain that, build a bit more and throw out this failed economic system and maintaining the living standard we have now (minus cars and extreme wealth) becomes easy.

          • weka 16.1.1.1.1

            Big power stations aren’t resilient. Resiliency starts at the lowest tech (eg passive heating) and works its way up. The reason you start with the lowest tech is because it’s the easiest to maintain and/or replace under difficult conditions. So you use that as your baseline and then build on that. Give everyone a well built, insulated, passive house and you reduce their need for power enormously.

            Redundancies are built in.

            The bigger you go and the more centralised, the more vulnerable you are if something goes wrong.

            I’d like to see a decent holistic analysis of the vulnerability of our power supply, but I’ll take a guess and suggest that these certainties: earthquakes/tidal wave (from the big one), peak oil, and climate change (ie increasing extreme weather including drought affecting hydro and storms taking out infrastructure) all make us very vulnerable currently. We’ve seen this in small ways already eg how easy it is to lose power to a town in a bad storm.

            We can handle that for the most part at the moment, but Chch has shown us that we are already not resilient to major events. And events like Chch are likely to happen more often. Not quakes (although the alpine shift is likely, and can we deal with another Chch only on a much bigger scale? Imagine if it was Wellington next time), but the weather issues, and peak everything will be increasing in frequency. Each time the shit hits the fan it is harder to recover if the infrastructure is big and unwieldy and centralised. Or out at sea.

            And I haven’t even got to economics yet. 

            • Colonial Viper 16.1.1.1.1.1

              +1

            • Draco T Bastard 16.1.1.1.1.2

              So you use that as your baseline and then build on that.

              Why not use the base line we already have rather than going back five centuries?

              The bigger you go and the more centralised, the more vulnerable you are if something goes wrong.

              As I said up thread, wind is inherently decentralised. So is solar.

              I’m basically saying powerdown now while we can and use our existing big generators to set up small, local, resilient power production while we still can.

              What you’re saying doesn’t actually make any sense. We already have the big generators in the hydros. Each wind generator itself is actually small that’s why each farm has so many of them.

              You are saying, lets carry on as we are (in terms of consumption*), but do it in a green way.

              No I’m not. I’m saying that we can keep the same living standard while also powering down and decreasing consumption. We can keep computers, cell phones and pads, education and our health service. We can’t keep cars as they’re far too inefficient. Forget the OE – that’s gone burger. Cities will become small and compact rather than the industrial sprawl that we have now. Farms will be centred around cities to supply those cities – no more exporting and international trade (which will be awesome for our natural environment as native forests get replanted).

              • Colonial Viper

                What you’re saying doesn’t actually make any sense. We already have the big generators in the hydros. Each wind generator itself is actually small that’s why each farm has so many of them.

                Not bad, but not good enough IMO. Resiliency could be further improved by increasing the level of localisation and distribution.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Offshore wind farms will produce more resiliency than localisation as it spreads out the wind generating so that there will almost always be some generating power (It’s unlikely that all of NZ will be without wind – especially offshore which we happen to have lots of). Throw in 1KW of roof top solar on every house (that’s something like 1.5GW) all made from NZ resources and we will never have any issues with power and we will never lose that capability.

                  It’ll have to be all done through a national smart grid so the whole lot can be properly switched (another reason why private providers are bad for power generation) but it will be better than what will be possible with small, localised generation.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Offshore wind farms will produce more resiliency than localisation as it spreads out the wind generating

                    I tend to disagree that harder to maintain, less reliable, comparatively less proven and certainly more expensive installations can be considered “more resilient”.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      They’re no less proven than standard wind turbines because they are standard wind turbines. They’ll be about as hard to maintain as land based ones as well only being slightly harder to get to but even that comes with some fairly significant benefits:

                      1.) Building them won’t damage the environment as much as building land based ones (all those roads that you won’t need)
                      2.) They’ll act as artificial reefs which can’t be fished and so act as breeding grounds for our fisheries

                      And I doubt if they’ll be that much more expensive (if at all) – all the expense of roads being completely removed.

  17. Jenny 17

    Thanks to Bill a great post. Releasing an avalanche of ideas and suggestions.

    All that is missing is the political will to harness all this creative talent and enthusiasm.

    So what is it with our political leaders, those with the power to enact policy? Are they cowards, corrupt, or ignorant?

    Are they frightened of the fossil fuel lobby?

    Are they bought off?

    Are they poorly advised, making them ignorant of the danger?

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      So what is it with our political leaders, those with the power to enact policy? Are they cowards, corrupt, or ignorant?

      Ummmm, as I already explained, the pollies are pandering to the expectations of the comfortable middle class, and the comfortable middle class are not going to accept any talk of “hard times”, “cutting back”, “austerity” or the “end of growth”…unless someone else bears the brunt of it, and they can carry along as previously, of course.

      • Jenny 17.1.1

        …..the pollies are pandering to the expectations of the comfortable middle class

        Colonial Viper

        CV, over the course of many threads you have continually tried to excuse the inaction of our political leaders (Particularly Labour Party leaders) on climate change as “pandering” to people you disparage as “middle class”.

        Your attempt to generalise this “class” as shallow self centred hedonists, uninterested in the wider world, only in material distractions like Iphones, game boys, big screen TVs and SUVs, to hell with environment and the rest of humanity just doesn’t fit with the facts.

        Your mistake is that you are looking from a position of subjective prejudice, that is based not on reality but bigotry.

        Deny it if you like.

        But the reality is, that of all the classes in New Zealand society, the middle classes are the most heavily represented section of the population who support liberal causes like Greenpeace, or ACA, or 360.org, or Forest and Bird. Overwhelmingly the membership of all these organisations predominantly are those who could be termed “middle class”.
        (ie. middle income Pakeha New Zealanders)

        With out the support of the “middle class” none of the above groups would even exist.

        In my opinion if the Labour Party (for instance) started campaigning for serious curbs on CO2 emissions and for a legislated switch to renewable technologies and jobs, they would earn a lot of respect from the many concerned middle class people worried about these issues.

        • Robert Atack 17.1.1.1

          Labour Party (for instance) started campaigning for serious curbs on CO2 emissions.

          SERIOUS curbs, what would they look like and how serious would they need to be?
          I suggest they would need to be so serious that they would wipe out the middle class (or reduce it down to just a few people), we would need around 80% unemployment … if you are serious about being serious.
          If on the other hand you want to maintain the ‘middle class’ …. along with their Kiwi Saver funds etc, at least by the short sighted view most politicians and voters have, then it behooves us to maintain the statuesque for as long as we can … which is exactly how ALL political parties are acting.
          As 99% of the voters vote with their wallets in mind … that is democracy after all, and as all politicians are aware that most voters concerns (short term) are selfish, really there is no hope.
          I keep trying to point out humans are trash and it is very much garbage in garbage out, politicians are just the flotsam and jetsam of the trash that we are.
          As far as the clowns that push Greenpeace, 350.org etc ….. they are just another lot of fools tits deep in denial, even Captain Paul Watson would agree that Greenpeace is very much a business as usual organization, just pretending to do good, while running a profitable bullshit game.

        • weka 17.1.1.2

          “With out the support of the “middle class” none of the above groups would even exist.”

          That’s true. But if you ask them to change their middle class lives and lower their standard of living (which is what serious solutions to CC require) you will find that the number of people willing to do so and who vote Labour is too small for Labour to take into account. 

          The reason that the middle classes have the most responsibility in this is not because they are any more morally bankrupt that other classes. It’s because they have the numbers and the money and the power to do something substantial, but they don’t. They join F and B and Greenpeace, make some donations, do some leaflet drops, support 360 etc, and think that is all they have to do. What they really need to do is (a) lower their standard of living* and (b) get radical enough to demand change. 

        • Colonial Viper 17.1.1.3

          Politicians remain very acutely aware of the wishes of the comfortable middle class swing voter.

          With out the support of the “middle class” none of the above groups would even exist.

          You missed the point. By a country mile.

          The comfortable middle class has had to give up zip to support those groups. Not their twice a year overseas holidays. Not their heatpumps keeping their homes a nice 20 deg C all year round. Not their 2 (or 3) car daily lifestyles. Not their consumer electronics gadgets nor their preferred, overseas sourced food and drink.

          Your mistake is that you are looking from a position of subjective prejudice, that is based not on reality but bigotry.

          Meh. Reality will make the final call. However I believe that what I have outlined is a closer representation to it than what you have outlined.

          *I see Weka made many similar points…

      • BernyD 17.1.2

        As history shows us the human race excels when faced with serious adversity

        The problem is the adversity hasn’t actualy hit everyone as yet, when those hippie scientists are rowing to work, or breathing through a gas mask, then we might see some real solutions.

        Of course the human race is likely to well culled by that point, so the problem will be manageable once again, the survivors can berate all those who are dead for being morons, feel a bit better cause “It aint my fault” and life will continue.

    • RedLogix 17.2

      The political class is insulated from reality by their privilege. No useful decisions can be expected from them…

  18. xtasy 18

    Is this by any chance happening in or around the ‘North Sea’?

    I am only asking, as Scotland has a coast there, and also on the Atlantic side.

    Now was it not Phil Heatley – a minister of sorts, supposedly in charge of energy and planning for extraction and more, who suggested the North Sea is just ideal proof that “deep sea oil drilling” is “safe”?

    He did so weeks ago in a ‘The Nation” interview!

    The North Sea is anything but “deep sea”, and generally rather “shallow”.

    But then again, we have “ministers” smartly telling us lies a thousand times, which will be proved “true”, simply due to the repetitive weight of convincing.

    Actually there are a few such mega project taking off in Scandinavia, Germany, Holland, the UK and so forth, while NZ’s government is going retro into more fossil fuel exploration and to export this to value adding refineries in Asia and Australia, maybe leaving a few “droppings” in the form of “royalties” for the government and thus national budget.

    At the same time more than half of NZers do in winter freeze in uninsulated homes and having exorbitant rents to pay, for that “privilege”.

    Progress for sure, aye?

  19. jcuknz 19

    I wonder what will happen when the arctic ice has melted and the gulf stream no longer warms western europe as has been projected. will the sea still be as useful place as opposed to off the scale raging stormed place un suitable for anything?

  20. Grumpy 20

    Well, you asked the question “A good idea”?

    It’s a bloody crap idea………

  21. Hammer 21

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    [lprent: duplicated comment. Adding you to auto-moderation as being a probable troll. Read my comment. ]

  22. Bored 22

    I like the ideal that we can make wind turbines from the power given off by wind turbines and still have a good yield. I am yet to be convinced (I do want to be).

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    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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