This is bad news:
Huntly coal, gas plants could live on
The odds are growing that two fossil fuel power plants at Huntly will have their life expectancy extended.
The 500-megawatt units were scheduled for closure in 2018 in an announcement made last year. But they are now looking more likely to stay open for a year or two longer and possibly until 2025.
When Genesis Energy originally announced the closure, it said the units’ fixed costs were too high and their usage too low to be economically worthwhile. This decision was praised by environmentalists because the plants burnt coal as well as gas to generate electricity.
But several big power companies argued closing them down could leave New Zealand short of electricity in 2019 and began asking Genesis to consider reversing the closure decision. …
Read on in the original article for the economic argument for extending the lifetime of Huntly.
And then remember that we’re currently shattering all temperature records, and that there is no economy without the environment. You can sign the petition to #ShutHuntlyCoal here.
— Greenpeace NZ (@GreenpeaceNZ) March 20, 2016