The new Queenstown Lakes District Council is likely to be
asked to help carry out more research into the district's
future energy needs.
After eight months' work, a volunteer ''Energy Futures Task
Force'' operating under the ''Shaping Our Future''
organisation has almost completed a discussion paper designed
to identify how the district can be more energy
A draft of the task force's document was presented at a
recent public forum and steering committee member Maggie
Lawton said it would soon be put to the council.
The document notes that defining the district's ''energy
profile'' was difficult without dedicated resources and ready
access to data.
She said there was a lot more work to do and hoped the
document would lead to a mandate from the council allowing
work to continue.
''You can imagine with energy there's a lot involved and
there are a lot of people who might have a stake in it. We
are not going to be moving forward and doing huge amounts
overnight, but this [the document] is a milestone.''
The document recommends work be done on defining the energy
profile of the district, understanding the relationship
between energy demand and the ''built environment'',
examining regulations and new energy technology and examining
the means of creating energy resilience.
Ms Lawton said there were ways to improve energy performance
of homes through good subdivision and house design and the
use of better materials.
''Those are things which we could be doing almost straight
away, through a whole range of initiatives.''
Ms Lawton said government regulation set only the bottom line
on such things as insulation.
''To actually have a really good house, you probably want to
go well beyond what government says.''
Ms Lawton said the task force would continue and lay people
were welcome to contribute.