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Labour party says EECA will be abolished in budget

posted May 16, 2011, 2:19 AM by ema-1 ema-1   [ updated Jun 23, 2011, 12:23 PM ]
""If EECA is abolished next week, the move will speak volumes about this Government's commitment to Energy Efficiency and Conservation", Charles Chauvel says.

"EECA has done excellent work to promote the Warm Up NZ programme, which began life as Labour's home insulation scheme. Promoting efficient energy use, and energy savings, should be a core issue for any New Zealand Government. Instead, National has kneecapped energy efficiency at every opportunity.

"First, they scrapped the phase-in of energy efficient light bulbs, something every other developed county is doing. Then they refused to promote smart metering in homes and businesses, so consumers could decide when to run appliances on cheap power rates. Then they came up with "more market" solutions to higher energy prices, which have not only failed to deliver, but have led to outrageous hourly charges by state power company Genesis""