New Zealand Energy System

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#15 Even 100 Years Ago, The New Zealand Oil Dependence Problem Was Obvious

Here are two interesting quotes worth reflecting on from early Engineering leaders about the benefits of electric vehicles and electricity in New Zealand.  It is interesting to note that even 100 years ago, it was plain to see that with a petrol based transportation system, we “pledge our credit to foreign nations”.  FreeNRG4NZ is about … Continue reading

#14 The Port of Auckland Today – Crude Oil Kiwi Addicts

It’s a typical day in the Port of Auckland today – Illustrating our massive reliance on the global energy economy that is based on Crude Oil.  We have the massive Trans Future 6 parked up and dropping off new cars, trucks and SUV’s at the Captain Cook Wharf, and we have the Awanuia dropping off fuel … Continue reading

#13 Transportation Electrification and an Uber Cool Scooter

New Zealand is highly dependant on foreign oil imports yet we have one of the highest percentages of “fuel free” renewable electricity generation in the developed world (and we could be doing even better by achieving 100% renewable electricity). It is obvious then, that the solution for personal transport in view of the pending Oil … Continue reading

#12 New Zealand’s Potential for Oil Independence in an Uncertain World

Many thanks to SouthernLimitsNZ for this post… Ever since United States oil production peaked in the 1970s there has been debate about the ability of North America to become self reliant by producing all its own oil. Fast forward forty years and this conversation is still taking place and the U.S. is still no closer … Continue reading

#11 News Links_01: Frackin, Tiny Royalty, Multi Rate Tariff, Mercury Energy Price Hike

From time to time we summarise news stories that have come to our attention: FRACKING in New Zealand – A moratorium would be smart! Hydro Fracking is controversial and a number of countries have put a moratorium on the practice until more is know about the effects. The EPA in America has a massive investigative … Continue reading

#10 Stop Wasting Our Natural Gas!

We at FreeNRG4NZ believe that with a just a smidgen of political willpower it would be easy to have a 100% renewable electricity generation system in New Zealand. This would bring multiple benefits to our nation and these benefits are discussed elsewhere on this blog.  The main point that we want to make today, is … Continue reading

#8 Fossil Fuels v Renewables: The Key Argument That Environmentalists Are Missing

This is a super piece of work that we at FreeNRG4NZ want to promote.  Although written in terms of the United States energy situation, it is equally valid for New Zealand.  It reinforces our position that it does not really matter what you believe about Climate Change, there are equally pressing Energy Security reasons that we need … Continue reading

#6 Shortsightedness Wins the Day as Project Hayes Wind Consent Application is Withdrawn

19 Jan 2011 – Meridian announced today they have given up trying to obtain consent for one of New Zealand’s biggest wind farm projects for the time being. The 176-turbine, 633 megawatt Project Hayes bid sparked intense opposition which included inordinate media coverage of high profile ex All Black Anton Oliver and other so called “environmentalists”.  Meridian added that … Continue reading

#5 New Zealand Oil – Imports, Exports and Other Basics

New Zealand produced about 114 Peta Joules (PJ) of “oil” in 2010 and as shown on the red line in the graph below, nearly all of that (107 PJ) was exported.  At the same time we imported 289 PJ of “oil” – this blog entry discusses why this is the case and where does the oil … Continue reading

#4 Wind Energy – Economics and LNG Import Gas Price

The most obvious way to get New Zealand to 100% renewables is by installing more wind energy, much more of it (along with reducing our reliance on Gas and Coal).  A recent analysis by Infometrics shows that a savings of $390 per person every year is realistic by 2030 if we can achieve 20% wind … Continue reading

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