Energy Minister Megan Woods says an uptick in climate-heating gases from electricity and heat production proves the country must stop burning coal and gas to make electricity.
While most of the country’s power is clean, fossil fuels top up the grid during times when hydro lakes are low.
The ban of gas exploration has led to more coal being used. So it is the Government itself that has made things worse.
The renewable share of electricity has fallen under Labour:
- Sep 2017: 84.9%
- Sep 2018: 83.4%
- Sep 2019: 82.2%
- Sep 2020: 81.1%
- Dec 2020: 80.8%
And coal used in electricity has risen:
- Sep 2017: 943 GWh
- Sep 2018: 1,181 GWh
- Sep 2019: 2,314 GWh
- Sep 2020: 2,188 GWh
- Dec 2020: 2,170 GWh
So well done Labour. You have doubled coal use for electricity.