Open mike 10/05/2024

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  1. Bearded Git 1

    Simeon Brown was on RNZ's Morning Report today. He spent most of the time blaming the last government for today’s potential power outage and supporting fossil fuel development. The words "climate change" and "battery storage” never passed his lips of course.

    California now has battery capacity of 10 gw and will add another 6.8gw THIS YEAR…in total 16.8 gw (see article below)…..that is roughly 39 Clyde dams. All of this can be used to supplement or at times totally take over from other generation, meaning that outages, like the potential one today in NZ, will be a thing of the past.

    This article spells it out:

    "The ever-growing battery energy storage fleet is becoming vitally important for California to maintain a clean and reliable power grid – storing energy from renewable sources like solar during the day to use when solar drops off in the evening hours.

    Only a couple of weeks ago, for the first time ever, battery energy storage became the largest source of supply to power the grid as its discharge went above 6 GW. The landmark event saw battery storage overtake gas, nuclear, hydro and renewables as the biggest source of supply for a period of about two hours in the evening peak.",100%25%20clean%20electricity%20by%202045.

    This is the direction NZ should be taking. Labour and the Greens should be pushing investment in battery storage as a strategic priority. Because of fast moving improvements to battery storage it is now a far better bet than Lake Onslow.

    • PsyclingLeft.Always 1.1

      As the cold bites….expect more shitspeak from Shane (coal fast tracker ) Jones.

      As far as people caring…..there is a sizeable group who just..dont.

      Depending on the Poll (or which way the wind is blowing ! ) the numbers differ…but IMO it sadly wasnt enough of a vote issue to keep NActFirst out of, ironically, …."damage control". As they are now completely in control of the damage.

      I have been, and still am, planting Native Trees. And of course, riding my Bike and living Sustainably. : )

      And…as far as I am able, follow a lot of Sustainable Tech and new innovations. thanks for link !

    • SPC 1.2

      Sort of – Onslow is cover for dry hydro years – whereas battery is storage for those calm days (cover for wind farms).

      An emerging problem is building more and more data centres in Auckland – pressure on the existing distribution network and also extra power where there is little local generation.

      It also adds to population pressure on existing infrastructure (water and transport and housing).

      Why not direct the location of these to places (and jobs) where there is power (SI)?

      Or provincial NI centres without the power distribution or other infrastructure problems. New Plymouth for example, esp when the offshore wind farms get going.

      • Bearded Git 1.2.1

        SPC-I think batteries are rapidly becoming so much more efficient and getting so much cheaper that, from what I have read (did you read the article above in full?) batteries will easily cope with dry years. This is especially true given developments in electrical technology in terms of connectivity to and development of the grid.

        But it is complicated. For instance all of the EV batteries should be able to be plugged in and used as part of grid storage capacity. Australia is introducing phased charging of EV's legislation so that the grid isn't hit with everybody charging their EV's when they get home at 7pm.

        And why does the Queenstown Lakes District Council (and many other councils) not make solar panels with associated battery storage mandatory on every new building? We have a lot of sun down here and solar is so cheap now.

        I see the article you have just posted below supports much of the above.

        • SPC

          Sure, solar power from buildings can also be stored via battery. And as you note some areas have more sun and less wind and can have solar farms (SI – NE NI) Coast.

          With Onslow, it is cover for a dry hydro year – though it might not be needed if there was an end to the smelter and an alternative use* of that power was flexible enough to not operate in dry years (say * some hydrogen and some into battery storage).

          • Bearded Git

            Hydrogen is not really an option for the grid at the moment from what I have read-it takes too much energy to produce and so-called "Green Hydrogen" is a myth. (It may be viable for trains, trucks, buses)

            I agree totally about closing down the smelter-that would give us another 5-10 years. I think the grid has, or soon will be, connected to the power from Manapouri so that it can be sent north.

            I maintain that in 10 years battery storage capacity is very likely to make the ($15.7 billion) Lake Onslow project redundant before it is completed. That would be a catastrophe.

            • Cricklewood

              Completely agree, if we get battery storage sorted especially in Auckland and have charging capacity either wind, solar (or both) we'll save a bunch in transmission loss and take strain off the infrastructure.

            • Graeme

              Pumped storage like Onslow is a proven concept, just like hydro. Grid scale batter, particularly at multi year time scales is a more recent technology.

              Grid scale battery may be proven in time, it may be superseded by a better technology quite quickly. A bit like CNG or LPG powered vehicles.

              • Bearded Git

                In the article below you can see that a 680MW battery storage facility in Menifee, California, can be built for US$1 billion…lets say NZ$1.7 billion. But once the stored power is used up presumably it has to be recharged the next day or days.Battery storage power is available at the flick of a switch.

                My understanding is that Lake Onslow will provide 1000MW of instant power for NZ$15.7 billion, including a new power station. This power will be available immediately day after day as long as it is needed and throughout a several month period where the lake levels are low.


                It may well be, and I HAVE NO EXPERT KNOWLEDGE HERE, that due to recharging constraints, you need to construct say 5000MW of grid battery storage to give the same cover to the grid as Lake Onslow. That would cost around NZ$12.5 billion using the Menifee costs. But that is at today's prices. Battery storage is getting rapidly cheaper, and such storage can be built close to where the power is most needed.

                It seems to me that battery storage is very likely to be a cheaper source of backup power than Lake Onslow, if not now then in 5-10 years, and getting cheaper still after that. And, as I said above, closing the aluminium plant would give us those 5-10 years.

                California is already installing grid battery storage big-time, which tends to support the above conclusion.

        • Ad

          Wanaka's Solar Zero Ltd does distributed area + battery pretty well already.

          • Graeme

            Would be nice if there was a half decent 'virtual power station' that you could subscribe your own solar and battery to. Rather than Solar Zero using your roof for a slight reduction in your power bill, so they can sell all the energy when the price is high leaving you with nothing.

    • SPC 1.3

      Addressing concerns around power shortages heading into the winter, Andrew noted it was a "transitional issue" as the system moved to more renewable resources, such as wind.

      "It's colder, and there's less wind. We need more fast-start capacity on the system – think batteries, that can come in quickly and fill sharp peaks. We don't have enough of that at the moment."

      More plants are being built and large-scale batteries are coming into the system, she added.

      "This is a transitional issue that a lot of countries are grappling with as we move to more renewable system."

    • Mike the Lefty 1.4

      "Storage " implies looking ahead to the future.

      National can't see further than the next election.

  2. dv 2




  3. Dolomedes III 3

    Chris Trotter is regularly denounced as a "turncoat" by the tribal left, and mocked by the tribal right. But here he nails New Zealand's plight better than most:

    If like me you don't subscribe to the Democracy Project, you won't be able to read the whole article, but you can view more than enough to get his message. Nearly 40 years ago Lange and Douglas ushered in the ideology that has reined ever since in this country: progressive neoliberalism.

    A more recent villain of our history (John Key) is painted masterfully: "reconstituting a responsible conservatism simply wasn’t in him, and so he smiled and waved for nine years, while everything that mattered in New Zealand rotted away beneath his feet."

    As for the Ardern government's "progressive" policies – sorry, building houses and infrastructure is too hard – have some new pronouns, language policing, and "decolonization" instead.

    • SPC 3.1

      Fact Check

      Most houses built since the 1970's.

      13,000 public homes, the most of any Government since the 1950s.


      Plan for Water Infrastructure. Planning for better rail freight rail ferry interface. Looking at coastal shipping as part of disaster response.

      Doubling the number of homes with solar panels.

      100,000 more heating and insulation installations through Warmer Kiwi Homes.

      EV charging hubs every 150 – 200 kilometres on main highways.

      600 to 1000 EV chargers at community facilities in smaller rural communities.

    • Obtrectator 3.2

      Nearly 40 years ago Lange and Douglas ushered in the ideology that has reined ever since in this country: progressive neoliberalism.

      I wouldn't load an equal share of the responsibility on to David Lange, although I can't totally absolve him either. Douglas and his associates were the ideological zealots who drove the neoliberal agenda; Lange simply lacked the force of character to rein them in.

      • Phillip ure 3.2.1

        Was he not seduced by the ideology ..?

        I had a bit to do with him when he was a lawyer…he was my go to for junkie friends who got busted…

        And I have the utmost respect for him for his work back then…

        ..and had quite often seen the consummate skills he brought to the courtroom…

        (Heh..!…magistrates seemed to enjoy seeing him…I saw them smiling…leaning forward in anticipation of his oratory..and he never failed to deliver…)..

        ..and I also respected his strength of character..which manifested in his uncaring if a client was poor/broke…

        All of this is why I am puzzled by his moving to the dark side ..and why I feel he would have had to believe in what he was doing..(however flawed that belief may be)…

        I find it hard to see that it was a manifestation of a weakness in him ..

        Is there anyone here who can shed any light on that ..?

    • Mike the Lefty 3.3

      I read it, agree it's right on the button.

      Despite his later political leanings, Chris Trotter has written some very good and analytic articles over the years.

    • Louis 3.4

      "221,000 net additional homes under Labour in 6 years. More than 1 in 10 homes in the country. Biggest building boom in NZ history. Labour's government build programme is still going ($ run out in 2025 unless Bishop acts). 22,000 homes built, including 553 in March alone."

  4. tWig 4

    Stuff discussing senior poverty, the increase in rents, rates and other bill, and the role that shared accomodation might play. Stuff on going flatting in old age

    • SPC 4.1

      For mine golf courses are ideal for little villages for older folk – and should be a Kainga Ora development. Half for such villages and half as a local park as the area around intensifies.

      The houses they leave free up first home sections for others – or allow development (such as a stand alone group home).

      The villages can include such group homes – for those a little older and less self sufficient. Maybe half the village homes owned and other half Kainga Ora placements – small and factory built being the most efficient.

      Kainga Ora should also look at buying up property suitable for renovation for those more frail for shared living and mutual support when sick (and easier care to home with limited spare nurse/carers).

      More generally easier granny flat (including mobile home placements) consents will help (assist some to pay off their mortgages).

      Some can look at what women of the past did (widows/divorced) pairing up to rent or co-own a 2 bedroom flat or townhouse or apartment.

      Or those who own a home can do the golden girls thing and bring in tenants – each with some useful skill (gardening handywoman, cook, fashion guru, driver, team fitness leader, new skills coach, wingwoman, nurse).

      Couples can do the same with boarders – their rent covers the rates, insurance and maintenance costs.

      • Shanreagh 4.1.1

        There is the Abbeyfield concept that I think is great

        The concept is like flatting for seniors. I like it better than the retirement village concept.

        In the olden days Councils used to have neat little one/two bedroomed pensioner units. They had as little or as much garden and were in groups of two.

        Flatting does work. I have flatted all my life so am used to having others around but it could be a bit of a shock to suddenly 'have' to do this.

        My mother moved into a retirement village and hated it. She had been used to living in largeish old houses with big rooms. She disliked the 'tiny' units with kitchen/dining/living all run together. She moved later into the biggest home she had ever lived in and stayed till she died 13 years later at age 94.

        Going into the retirement units it is quite telling to see items of furniture such as tall sideboards or bookcases being used to delineate the room to make a separate dining area or lounge. I wonder do they ever ask anyone before launching inot these all-in-ones?

        Perhaps we could look at the sliding screens ideas like the Japanese have to enclose or expand rooms easily.

        I like some of your ideas SPC and your post reminded me of others like the oldies buying togther not necessarily women but older widowed siblings sometimes did this

    • Jimmy 4.2

      It is sad to read about people getting to that age and relying on the national superannuation to get by. That is why I like Kiwi Saver as forces people to save for retirement. When I was in my early teens, I always thought by the time I retire, there would be no government super so have always saved for retirement. And when I retire, hopefully the govt super will just be a top up to make retirement more enjoyable. Unfortunately a friend from school has enjoyed the drink too much along with the TAB and is now approaching retirement having very little in savings. It often comes down to the choices you make during you working life. He decided to spend everything and really enjoy life earlier whereas I will probably have a more enjoyable retirement. However we do joke about if I drop dead once I retire, then I should have been more like him!

    • alwyn 5.1

      If we have another couple of terms of a Labour Government, particularly if the Green Party were involved we would certainly qualify. With the collapse of our electricity system the whole country would be in the dark whenever the wind stopped blowing.

      Luckily it doesn't seem to be likely in the foreseeable future.

      • SPC 5.1.1

        It requires battery storage to prevent lack of wind being a problem – Simeon Brown does not believe in such things – fortunately the grown ups in the system do.

        • alwyn

          Simeon Brown certainly doesn't seem to be in favour of the pumped hydro, Lake Onslow, scheme. Neither is anyone else that I know.

          However I am not aware of him having commented on any proposal for backing up short term gaps with batteries. Do you have a link to him talking about such a proposal and can you provide a link?

          • SPC

            His idea of the solution to the problem was more capacity, the issue was/is storage. If not Onslow what? Extra capacity (not used most of the year) is not the solution.

            Harbord told Morning Report MEUG had two concerns around the wider issue of electricity supply and demand: One was that there was not a strong argument for spending millions of dollars on a new plant if it sat unused apart from times of big demand.

            The other was the mix of electricity generation; as there was more reliance on renewables, such as solar and wind, situations such as Friday's could arise more often, he said.

            "A bit more thermal peaking would be really helpful, because the thermal sits there, you can stockpile gas and coal and turn it on almost in an instant

            It is the old fashioned answer.

            and the problem we have with solar and wind, you can't stockpile it and save it for when you need it."

            Er, has he not heard of battery storage?

            Transpower has said the problem with supply was due to 700MW of generation being offline due to maintenance.

            This happens each year – old thermal generators being set up to cope with the winter demand, if it coincides with late autumn calm and a southerly … .

            So it is rather obvious we need battery storage for peak load cover at this time of year.


            • alwyn

              I have just been reading a report produced by The Global Warming Policy Foundation on "Net Zero for New Zealand"

              You can read it here.


              It is an examination of what would actually be required to get to net zero by 2050. It makes very grim reading.

              One thing he does mention is the practicality of using battery storage. It is on page 5 of the report which is page 9 of the PDF I have linked to. It says

              "It remains a hard fact that fossil fuels are much more effective at storing energy than any known non-nuclear alternatives (Table 1).8 Consider the argument that the back-up electricity supply for emergency wards in hospitals could be provided by batteries by 2025 or soon thereafter. The 100-MW, 128-MWh battery installed by Elon Musk near Adelaide in 2018 at a cost of $90 million would power the emergency wards of Wellington Regional Hospital for 24 hours on a single 80% to 20% discharge.9 If a storm took out the transmission lines in Wellington for a week, we would need seven such batteries. The back up today is provided by diesel generators, which run if there is fuel, and cost of order $0.5 million."

              That is $630 million just to keep the emergency wards going for a week. Can we really afford such batteries, and do we really want to?

              How much would the batteries cost to get peak load cover for the entire country, even for just a few hours?

              It is a very interesting document by the way. He does point out some pages on from my quote that public acceptance of net zero by the Public is very unlikely if the full costs were known by the people who would have to sacrifice.

              "It is clear that the public has no idea of the scale of the changes that would be required to transition to a net-zero economy in 30 years’ time." and then "No poll has tested their willingness to meet the level of costs implied by the analysis above, well over $250,000 per household." and "If one assumes that the EU, North America, Australasia, and Japan are to underwrite the rest of the world’s activities, then the costs to their citizens will rise by a factor of five. This would take the cost to each New Zealand household to more than $1 million. In practical terms, this takes us into fantasy land."

              In summary what he offers is a reasoned view that mitigation is impractical and that adaption is the only way to go.

              • SPC

                If adaption does not prevent the loss of the Atlantic current it is the losing hand.

                Lower cost batteries – more energy stored. If development is on the same course as lower cost yet more data and faster processing chips (the Chinese car batteries etc).

                Then there is nuclear – hopefully fusion (a cable from Oz to here would be nice).

              • KJT

                This is why we need storage options such as lake Onslow.

                Which the troglodyte vandals have now canned.

                I wonder what the bribe from the oil companies was?

                Betcha it is a lot less than Trump is asking? Trump promised to scrap climate laws if US oil bosses donated $1bn – report | Donald Trump | The Guardian

                • alwyn

                  Lake Onslow is a totally crazy idea.

                  Pumped hydro is a way of using using up, and storing, the electrical energy that you have no immediate use for but which you don't really have the option of not generating.

                  It is a great way to store the power from a nuclear power station for example.

                  It would be nuts to rum hydro power stations, letting the water drop down hill, to generate power that you use to pump other water pump up hill just so that you can use it later. You lose a great deal of potential energy in the process.

                  Leave it in the reservoir above the original station and leave the generators idle. The only possible gain would be if every reservoir was absolutely full and the only option is to spill water right down the river.

                  Even then you would have to have every hydro lake in the country full to overflowing to make it sensible.

                  • KJT

                    It smooths out demand and supply from wind and solar generation in future. Not hydro.

                    And a lot cheaper long term than using batteries.

                    Not a crazy idea at all. Except in the minds of those who want us to rely on paying billions to oil companies, every year in perpetuety.

                    An act of environmental and economic stupidity. Even Muldoon could see that constantly bleeding foreign exchange to oil companies overseas, was crazy.

                    And. Why would you want a much more expensive and dangerous option. Nuclear power.

                    • alwyn

                      Short term smoothing of supply from wind and solar was not what Lake Onslow was intended to perform.

                      It is supposedly going to supply water to a new hydro station in the event that we have a very long drought and there are low flows for years in the hydro rivers such that their supply lakes are emptied.

                      If you just want to do short term smoothing of the variable wind and solar power them you can simply use the surplus to pump water from the outlet of the nearest hydro station back into the lake above the dam.

              • Drowsy M. Kram

                In summary what he offers is a reasoned view that mitigation is impractical and that adaption is the only way to go.

                An appealing view, naturally – no 'impractical' sacrifice/mitigation now, and let the 'adaptation chips' fall where they may.

                Versus going hard on sacrifice/mitigation now, to give future generations a better chance of adapting to the legacy of our overshoot civilisation: +2˚C, +3˚C or whatever – plus ecosystem collapse.

                Is it a tough choice? Nah, not really – am I bovvered?

                Mitigation and Adaptation [14 Dec 2023]
                Mitigation and adaptation are two complementary ways people can respond to climate change—one of the most complex challenges the world faces today. Mitigation is action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the amount of warming our planet will experience. Adaptation is action to help people adjust to the current and future effects of climate change.

                These two prongs of climate action work together to protect people from the harms of climate change: one to make future climate change as mild and manageable as possible, and the other to deal with the climate change we fail to prevent.

                Greens welcome cross-party approach to climate adaptation [10 May 2024]
                Just over a year ago our North Island was hammered by deadly and devastating climate-change charged weather events. Many are still grappling with the clean-up, insurance issues and infrastructure gaps. These are the consequences of a warming planet and we must do everything we can to both mitigate climate changing emissions and adapt. Good policy does both,” says Green Party co-leader Chlöe Swarbrick.

          • Drowsy M. Kram

            Do you have a link to him talking about such a proposal and can you provide a link?

            Well no… not really.

            Hon Dr Megan Woods: Is the detailed business case funded by the previous Government on a multi-technology or portfolio approach of flexible geothermal, demand response, grid-scale batteries, and hydrogen biomass solutions to find an alternative to gas to address the dry-year problem still being progressed by his Government?

            Hon SIMEON BROWN: Well, no…
            [9 May 2024]

            Grid-scale batteries seem a good option for Aotearoa NZ at a pinch, and the technology is well-established elsewhere; see BG's comment @1, and @1.2.1.

   [15 Apr 2024]

            • SPC

              That answer in parliament exposed Brown as unaware that the issue was not extra generation, but spare capacity (whether the occasional dry year or the calm autumn periods before the winter thermal became available).

              He has yet to absorb what Woods was talking about.

      • Bearded Git 5.1.2

        Read my posts above Alwyn…there is a green solution. It’s just that Simeon Brown and friends aren’t interested because they don’t care about saving the planet.

      • joe90 5.1.3

        If we have another couple of terms of a Labour Government,

        Be nice.


        23 January 2024


        A report commissioned by the Electricity Authority Te Mana Hiko shows the amount of new renewable electricity generation that has been committed has almost doubled in 18 months.

        The Generation Investment Survey released today shows that there is now, based on annual output once built, 5,000 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of new generation committed. This is up from 2,600 GWh from the previous survey in July 2022.

        Committed generation has lifted significantly compared to the last survey, with its annual output capability (once built) rising from 2,600 GWh to nearly
        5,000 GWh. This is slightly more than the amount of generation required to displace the uneconomic thermal generation on the system. The annual
        development rate (based on projects that have been completed or committed) for the period 2021-2025 is over three times the annual development
        rate achieved during 2011-2020.

  5. weka 6

    Power cuts or Powerdown?

    Powercuts in a wealthy country like New Zealand don’t make us third world. It’s bog standard neoliberalism which has both impeded upkeep of our infrastructure and blocked meaningful climate transition. Third world is when you can’t afford to fix, maintain and futureproof society. Neoliberalism is when you do that by choice.

    • Descendant Of Smith 6.1

      Consumers are already paying interest on shareholder dividends. Maybe the shareholders could pay some of it back to invest in aging infrastructure instead. After all it is their company.

      “From 2014 to 2021 these firms have collectively paid out $3.7 billion more in dividends to their shareholders than they have earned in profits – an average excess dividend of $459 million a year,” said FIRST Union Researcher and Policy Analyst Edward Miller.

  6. Traveller 7

    May Curia Poll:

    Taxpayers' Union – Curia Poll May 2024 – Taxpayers' Union

    Nat 37.3% +0.2%

    Lab 30.0% +4.3%

    Gre 10.2% -4.4%

    Act 9.4% +2.2%

    NZF 5.5% -0.8%

    TMP 3.1% -1.5%


    Coalition Parties 52.2%

    Opposition Parties 43.3%

    Minor Parties 4.5%

    "The combined projected seats for the Centre-Right of 66 is up 2 from last month while the Centre-Left unchanged on 56 seats".

    Note: Undecided = 4.2%.

    The two Chris's both had a bounce of favourability.

    Chris Luxon's net favorability was up 15 points to +8%. I suspect this had something to do with his handling of Melissa Lee and Penny Simmonds.

    Chris Hipkins net favorability was up 5 points to -1%.

    (The margin of error is +/- 3.1%, at the 95% confidence level).

  7. Dolomedes III 8

    Good news for freedom of expression. The DIA has scrapped the previous government's 'Safer Online Services and Media Platforms' proposal that would have effectively imposed "hate speech" laws on the internet. I wrote one of the many submissions against this proposal.

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