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Electric Transport is Only Part of the Big Picture

NZ should seek to establish any economic advantage it can achieve by fully developing its significant renewable resources (hydro, wind, solar and marine energy) both to supply the local energy market and to expand the export energy market. Expansion of the export market could be achieved by enabling the processing of NZ primary products (wood, agriculture, fisheries, iron sands, freezing capability, etc), adding value to other types of raw materials (e.g. Australian bauxite, nitrogen fertiliser, cement, glass, ceramics, hydrogen products etc), as well as displacing imported petroleum products in the transport sector (by electric vehicles, trains, coastal shipping, etc) . Moreover the development of a power market that exceeds NZ domestic needs would also facilitate better management of a demand side market to match the intermittent behaviour of a renewable energy driven supply side market.

John Irving

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