Hot on the heels of electricity industry funded Lewis Evans publishing an op-ed about how terrible NZ Power is, another academic has popped up to claim the policy is the end of the world.
This time it’s Dr Allan Miller, whose argument is that it makes New Zealand look like a bad country to invest in and is bad economics. Which is weird because Dr Allan Miller isn’t an investment analyst, or an economist, or a specialist in regulation.
What Dr Allan Miller is, is an electrical engineer. An electrical engineer who is also the Director of the EPE Centre, an academic outfit funded by the Power Engineering Excellence Trust, a trust sponsored by – you guessed it – electricity industry players including Meridian and Mighty River Power.
Miller’s only just put out his commentary via press release, but no doubt it will find its way into the mainstream media. I wonder if they’ll also disclose who pays the bills for his research centre?