A battle is set to begin between Solid Energy and a private developer over the building of a new hydropower scheme using water from Stockton opencast mine, north of Westport.
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has joined those asking Environment Minister Nick Smith to call in the controversial Omarama-Ohau dairy farm consent applications.
Here we are all of a sudden at the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century. Just yesterday, it seems, we were watching out for any Y2K disruptions while celebrating the new millennium. Now a new set of problems threatens our treasured Kiwi lifestyle and life quality, our values, our prosperity and the long-term viability of our country.
There are renewed calls for Dunedin to consider investing in tidal power generation in Otago Harbour, stimulated by progress towards a $600 million scheme north of Auckland.
The OMV-led joint venture to explore for oil and gas in the Great South Basin has had its permits extended by Government agency Crown Minerals for a year before it must decide whether to commit to test drilling, or drop the permits.
A government review of New Zealand's mineral resources may recognise that more conservation areas should be added to a protected schedule and closed off to the threat of mining.
A panel of four specialists has been chosen to consider applications to the Marine Energy Deployment Fund, the Government said today.
The Government is risking a $2 million a year loss of electricity generation from the Waitaki River as a consequence of the change of ownership it is proposing for two of the river's eight power stations.
The Government is going to shake up the state owned power companies in an attempt to get more competition into the electricity sector.
Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee's proposed re-jig of the electricity sector could be the last chance the competitive-pricing model has for the industry in New Zealand, Consumer New Zealand chief executive Sue Chetwin says.
Central Otago power company Pioneer Generation hopes to know by Christmas whether it will be allowed to build a wind farm on one of the highest points in South Otago.
Vastly differing views were expressed last night on how much benefit Otago electricity consumers will get from the Government's Electricity Industry Bill, being introduced to Parliament today.
Transpower says it will not consider changing its method of compensating landowners for transmission infrastructure on their properties, despite requests from Federated Farmers New Zealand.
A New Zealand chapter of the world's largest environmental conservation authority says reports that the Government could carve up Mount Aspiring National Park for mining "fly in the face" of international trends.
New Zealand's export earnings from oil could increase to $30 billion a year by 2025, Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee says.
After the collapse of the Government's agreement to work with the Greens on energy efficiency policy, Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee says he is pleased with the roll-out of energy efficiency initiatives.
The Environment Court's decision to decline Meridian Energy's controversial Project Hayes wind farm on the Lammermoor Range could spell the end of large-scale electricity generation development in Central Otago
"It was an inappropriate scheme in an inappropriate place and I always felt that the bench would recognise that."
It was always going to be one of the biggest things to hit Otago, whether you were for Project Hayes or against it.
Jubilant opponents of the wind farm have hailed the decision as a victory for the "small guys".