Politicians can’t see wood for the trees

Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

Government can't see our wood for the trees. Opinion: When it comes to renewable energy, New Zealand need not look further than its backyard, writes Grant Smith - As Government and their advisers work on our climate change legislation and make plans for transformation to a net zero economy by 2050, their focus is on proving that a 100% renewable electricity system can actually work.

Extensive effort and research goes into pump-storage, subsidised solar panels and batteries into every home, and even the conversion of natural gas into hydrogen with carbon capture and storage underground. In essence, it's all getting very complicated yet opportunities using proven technologies are not being fully considered.

Grant Smith is chairman of the Bioenergy Association

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Source: Otago Daily Times

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