INDEPENDENT NEWS

Govt Must Rectify Cuts To Energy Efficiency Budget

Published: Mon 30 Jul 2001 11:23 AM
National's Tony Ryall and Pansy Wong today called on the Government to boost funding for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), as the Energy Minister urges New Zealanders to conserve electricity.
"On Friday, the Minister put out a 'switch off - or else' warning, saying everyone should cut their power use by 10 percent during the next 10 weeks or face blackouts," Mrs Wong said.
"He said that educating New Zealanders on how to conserve energy was one of the first ways to address the current problem," she said.
"This is the Government's chance to rectify its 8.2 percent cut in funding for the EECA for the 2001-02 financial year in this year's Budget, a decrease of $869,000 to $9.665 million," Mr Ryall said.
"This cut to energy efficiency funding was an extraordinary move at a time power prices were going through the roof. Now that we are verging on a power shortage crisis the Government must show leadership by putting its hands in its pockets to help energy efficiency," he said.
Ends

Next in New Zealand politics

Jacinda Ardern’s remarks following summit
By: New Zealand Government
NZTA Board refreshed and refocused
By: New Zealand Government
Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Assessment Framework
By: New Zealand Government
Mana whenua reach decision on Ihumātao land
By: RNZ
PM to visit Japan and attend the UN General Assembly
By: New Zealand Government
PM's Post-Cab 16/9/19: A Way Forward
By: The Scoop Team
Gordon Campbell on allegations of left wing media bias
By: Gordon Campbell
Tighter gun laws for the safety of all
By: New Zealand Government
New Zealand-Japan relationship strengthened
By: New Zealand Government
eGates open to Japanese travellers
By: New Zealand Government
Twyford is the issue, not the board
By: New Zealand National Party
Too little too late for funding switch from rail to road
By: New Zealand National Party
First national voluntary emissions offset guidelines
By: New Zealand Government
NCCRA a start but local focus needed
By: LGNZ
Forest & Bird calls for urgent action on ocean acidity
By: Forest And Bird
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media