Thursday, October 6, 2016
NZ commits to reducing carbon emissions by 30% by 2030 -- but government wants to dieselize the NIMT
It seems it's cheaper to buy more of the Chinese-built DL class diesels than replace the 17 Brush Electrical 26 kV AC electrics in use which are coming up to 30 years old. The 411 km of the North Island Main Trunk between Palmerston North and Hamilton were electrified in the first half of the 1980s to save imported oil as about 85% of electricity in NZ is generated from renewable sources, particularly hydro-dams.
Does it make any sense when the government has just signed the Paris accord which requires a reduction of emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030? Of course not.
at 8:09 AM