New Zealand Plans To Fully Switch To Renewable Energy By 2035

- Nov 11, 2017-

China energy storage network: last month, New Zealand appointed Jacinda Ardern as the 40th prime minister.This week, she proposed a plan to shift New Zealand's grid to renewable energy by 2035.


The country is trying to end its dependence on fossil fuels because it already gets more than 80 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

The next big challenge, however, is to ensure that the New Zealand grid is reliable and affordable without conventional fuel security.

According to 2016 data, 60% of New Zealand's electricity is generated by hydropower.

When dry weather led to the decrease of the lake water, coal and natural gas is used to make up for the gap, if these alternatives are out, so when shortage occurs, consumers could face prices rose sharply.

Australia's recent policy mistakes have forced residents to pay unusually high electricity bills.

In comments to bloomberg, energy adviser toby Stevenson warned New Zealand could face similar problems.

Jacinda Ardern's focus on ecological issues is a key part of her election, especially her appeal to young voters.

Converting New Zealand's electricity grid to renewable energy is only part of her plan.

Her long-term goal is to get New Zealand to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, and she proposes setting up an independent commission to help achieve that goal.

Now that governments around the world are assessing how to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, New Zealand is not the first country to promise to seek greener sources of electricity.

More than half of Scotland's electricity now comes from renewable sources and plans to fully transition its power grid to these alternative sources by 2020.

In November 2016, the world's 47 poorest countries pledged to develop on the basis of renewable energy, and France plans to eliminate fossil fuel production by 2040.