In late 2023 the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment sought feedback on policy that will set the direction and pace of change for energy in New Zealand. The consultation covered:
- A plan for managing the gas industry’s transition to a low emissions future
- The Interim Hydrogen Roadmap, which sets out the Government’s initial views on the future role of hydrogen in New Zealand
- Regulations to enable offshore renewable energy development
- Market measures to ensure electricity is affordable, reliable and resilient as New Zealand transitions to an expanded and more renewable electricity system
- Hw to implement the Government’s commitment to ban new fossil fuel baseload electricity generation.
The PSA's submission on the consultation covered the following areas:
- Support for a transition away from fossil fuels in favour of renewable energy
- Workforce recommendations to create good, green jobs that are highly skilled, highly paid, provide career pathways for the most disadvantaged groups, and contribute to a just transition for people whose current work is affected by climate change or by our climate mitigation actions
- Public delivery of renewable energy infrastructure, rather than a model of relying on private sector investment and/or contracting out delivery to the private sector for profit
- Equitable, affordable energy supply available universally without putting people into, or exacerbating, material hardship
- Transitioning away from fossil fuels in over 750 public sector facilities including schools, hospitals and public buildings
- Ensuring public funding for renewables is used to enhance the wellbeing of New Zealanders and not just subsidies extra profit for investors
- Support for community level renewable energy.