New Zealand’s Environment Minister, Trevor Mallard, and Energy Minister, David Parker, have announced their "proposed statement for renewable electricity generation".
The Ministers have appointed an independent board of inquiry to consider the proposed policy to help achieve the Government’s goal of generating 90 per cent of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
The policy encourages the development of small-scale renewable electricity generation projects to cut back on the reliance on the national grid. Local authorities would be required to give effect to the national policy statement in day-to-day resource management activities relating to renewable electricity generation.
Update (15 August):
New Zealand’s opposition National Party has declared its support for the Government’s energy strategy – in particular, the target of 90 percent of electricity from renewables by 2025 and for an emissions trading scheme. The National Party has identified the lack of clear and consistent rules as the major obstacle to investment in renewable energy and, so, has decided that the essentials of the policy needs to be bipartisan.