New Zealand is moving to eliminate construction of any more new gas or coal fired power plants. This comes on the heels of the recent announcement that the nation planned to be producing 90 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2025. Of course, it helps that New Zealand already produces 70 percent of its electricity from wind, hydro and geothermal plants.
"The government already plans to inform state-owned generators, who generate around two-thirds of the country's electricity, that it expects them to follow the ban on new fossil fueled plants, and the ban is likely to extend to private generators."
"We don't believe there should be any need for new fossil fuel plants to be built for baseload generation for at least ten years," said David Parker, New Zealand's energy minister. New Zealand doesn't have the same breadth of infrastructure to deal with as is the existing condition in North America. But they are certainly setting an example for the rest of the world by fundamentally eliminating fossil fuel generation of electricity within the next twenty years.
previously on EcoGeek: New Zealand to be 90% Renewable by 2025
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