Electricity, energy and the environment: Environmental performance assessment 1 March - 30 June 2004

02 July 2005

In the first of what will become an annual assessment, this report presents the PCE's findings on the environmental performance of the Electricity Commission. It covers the period from March 2004, when the Commission was set up, to June 2004, the end of the government's financial year.

The report contains 12 recommendations, including the need for the Commission to:

  • complete an environmental sustainability framework
  • broaden the range of advisory groups
  • address market barriers to demand-side initiatives and distributed generation
  • clarify its role in relation to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, and
  • clarify a wider energy strategy for New Zealand.
  • Other recommendations cover the need to review relevant legislation; to ensure the right environmental standards are in place across the electricity sector; and to improve data collection.




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