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Renewable power climbs in 2018 despite increased coal burn

Article – BusinessDesk

March 15 (BusinessDesk) – Renewable generation delivered almost 84 percent of the countrys electricity last year, despite the biggest annual coal burn by the sector in three years. Read more »

Pike families shocked by missing evidence

Press Release – Stand With Pike

Pike River families are shocked that vital evidence was lost during the initial investigation of the Pike River mine explosion. Read more »

Contact’s TCC plant may give way to Rankines

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 13 (BusinessDesk) – Contact Energys 20-year-old gas-fired Taranaki Combined Cycle plant could be retired in favour of the greater flexibility provided by Genesis Energys dual-fuel Rankine units at Huntly. Read more »

Campaign for continued gas and oil exploration takes to TV

Press Release – PEPANZ

Energy Voices is launching new television advertisements tomorrow, escalating the highly successful, social media driven campaign against the end to new oil and natural gas exploration permits. Read more »

Bathurst picking further production gains

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) – Bathurst Resources, the countrys biggest coal miner, is expecting production to climb to about 2.6 million tonnes during the next two years. Read more »

Increased coal burning shows why we need natural gas

Press Release – PEPANZ

News that coal-fired electricity generation has reached a five-year high shows why we need to keep exploring for natural gas, says the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ). Read more »

Genesis coal burn 5-yr high in ‘unprecedented’ conditions

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 22 (BusinessDesk) – Coal-fired generation from Genesis Energys Huntly operations was the highest in more than five years in the December quarter, as a combination of low hydro storage and plant outages were compounded by tight natural gas supplies. Read more »

Inquiry reveals mining regulator captured by industry

Press Release – Forest And Bird

The Government agency charged with regulating mining under the Crown Minerals Act has been captured by industry, the State Services Commission (SSC) inquiry into private spies Thompson and Clark revealed today. Read more »

MBIE spying on political parties ‘affront to democracy’: SSC

Article – BusinessDesk

The “very close relationship” between the government’s exploration regulator and private security firm Thompson & Clark led the agency to become involved in surveillance activity involving two political parties – the Green and Mana parties, an inquiry … Read more »

Further delay in DoC mining ban consultation

Press Release – BusinessDesk

Nov. 22 (BusinessDesk) – Consultation on the role of mining in parts of the conservation estate may not get underway until next year. Read more »

DOC sides with Forest & Bird on wetland mining decision

Press Release – Forest And Bird

The Department of Conservation has sided with Forest & Bird in a bid to protect a significant wetland from being mined without public notification, and Forest & Bird says they are delighted to see DOC take a stand. Read more »

Significant step in Pike River drift re-entry

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little has received the report on re-entering the Pike River drift following nine months of intensive work by Te Khui Whakamana Rua Tekau M Iwa Pike River Recovery Agency. Read more »

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