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A just transition to a sustainable economy means using affordable, clean fuels and creating new jobs in clean energy industries.

Greening the energy system is a key part of combating climate change

  • The electricity system should be reliable, affordable, and 100% renewable.
  • A green energy system should work allow for more walking and cycling, public transport, electric vehicles, freight rail, home insulation, and passive solar design for buildings.

Clean energy should be supported

  • Low-cost government loans to households should facilitate more small-scale solar power generation. Government buildings should use solar electricity generation where appropriate.
  • Government should support the use of geothermal energy for electricity and industry, including facilitating iwi and hapu-led geothermal developments.
  • National guidance on wind energy should make consenting easier for councils and minimise effects on local communities.
  • Some hydroelectricity projects are acceptable, but wild rivers should not be dammed.
  • Hydrogen should not be considered clean unless it is produced using renewable energy.

Fossil fuels must remain in the ground

  • No new coal mines should be permitted, with existing mines phased out.
  • There should be no new deep sea drilling in our territorial waters, EEZ, continental shelf, and the Ross Sea region.
  • Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) should be halted unless it is proven safe. Underground coal gasification, gas hydrate exploitation, and coal seam gas projects should be prohibited.

Energy should be affordable for households

  • Government-funded home insulation should be prioritised to reduce energy costs.
  • Progressive pricing should be investigated.
  • Urban and neighbourhood planning should encourage energy efficient buildings and homes.

The electricity market should be competitive and deliver affordable, clean electricity

  • The excessive power and profits in the wholesale market should be re-balanced.
  • Businesses and households should be incentivised to reduce peak time consumption.
  • Clean, small-scale or distributed generation should be explored where it makes economic sense
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