Renewable energy in New Zealand

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Approximately 30% of primary energy is from renewable energy sources in New Zealand.[1] Approximately 80% of electricity comes from renewable energy,[1] primarily hydropower and geothermal power.

Renewable energy by type[edit]

Renewable electricity[edit]

Renewable electricity in New Zealand is primarily from hydropower. In 2014, 79.9% of the electricity generated in New Zealand came from renewable sources, a ratio that has been falling for decades while load growth has been met primarily by natural gas-fired power stations.[1] In September 2007, former Prime Minister Helen Clark announced a national target of 90 percent renewable electricity by 2025, with wind energy to make up much of that increase.[2]

Solar power[edit]

Small amounts of photovoltaic solar have been installed in New Zealand. High-temperature solar thermal energy plants are not likely to be adopted due to the variable solar radiation in New Zealand. It is unlikely to be economically viable.[3]

Solar hot water[edit]

Installation of solar hot water heating systems is increasing in New Zealand due in part to government incentive schemes.

Biofuels[edit]

Biodiesel, bioethanol and biomass (generally in the form of wood) are all used in New Zealand as a source of renewable energy.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Energy in New Zealand". mbie. August 2015. 
  2. ^ Clark, Helen (2007-09-20). "Launch of emissions trading scheme". New Zealand Government. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  3. ^ Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (May 2001). "Solar energy use and potential in New Zealand". Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. 

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