17 Sep 2008

Greenhouse gas emissions up for autumn

9:46 pm on 17 September 2008

Greenhouse gas emissions during this year's dry autumn rose 25% compared with the previous autumn as the country resorted to fossil fuels to avert a possible electricity shortage.

A big drop in hydro generation because of low lake levels corresponded with a leap in the amount of electricity generation from fossil fuels.

Electricity output from coal and gas-fired power stations rose 15% compared with a year earlier.

There was also lower output from wind farms because of a large number of still days.

The figures, from the Ministry of Economic Development, cover the June quarter.