Dunedin could save more as a city by looking at energy costs
than worrying about council spending, American resource
economist John Laitner says.
Based in Tucson, Arizona, Mr Laitner is spending a month in
New Zealand, based in Dunedin.
He argues the United States wastes 86% of the energy it
consumes, and this is a major cost to the economy. There was
likely to be similar waste in New Zealand.
He supports using computer systems such as ''smart''
electricity meters, and efficient light bulbs, to reduce
The focus needed to be on infrastructure rather than the
efficiency of individual devices.
Market-based economies needed to change their thinking and
absorb costs of the technology because of the longer-term
economic as well as environmental benefits.
He addressed the Otago Chamber of Commerce last week and will
head to Wellington this week to visit the Treasury.