Renewable energy generation on the increase

Issue 30 – August 2011

Renewables now make up 79% of New Zealand's electricity generation, according to the Ministry of Economic Development's latest Energy Quarterly.

Strong hydro inflows and generation from new wind and geothermal sources has seen renewable energy generation increase from 74% to 79% in the March quarter. A high level of renewable generation and the use of gas over coal at the Huntly Power Station has also resulted in the lowest quarterly electricity emission in 10 years.

The Government has a target of 90% of electricity generation to be from renewable sources by 2025.

The Energy Quarterly also highlights the growing contribution wind energy makes to New Zealand's electricity supply. In 2005, wind accounted for only 1.5% of our electricity generation. In 2010 it was up to 3.7% and is steadily climbing – in the March 2011 quarter it accounted for 4.2% of electricity generation.

Visit the Ministry of Economic Development's website for information on the supply of major fuels, electricity generation, and greenhouse gas emissions to the end of December 2010 (www.med.govt.nz/templates/ContentTopicSummary____20511.aspx).

Summarised from the July 2011 Business Update, Ministry of Economic Development.

Published in energy.