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Future currents: Electricity scenarios for New Zealand 2005-2050

1 July 2005

Future currents sketches two scenarios of New Zealand in 2015, 2030 and 2050 depending on today's energy choices. These scenarios are presented through the eyes of two fictional characters.

Fuelling the future, the first scenario, is strongly shaped by established ways of thinking. Building big power projects is seen as the key to a secure electricity supply.

The second scenario, Sparking new designs, sees huge potential in getting 'more from less' by re-thinking how we use electricity and other forms of energy. Businesses, communities and individuals are strongly encouraged to be innovative both in energy efficiency and in using more localised energy sources.

Despite the use of fictional characters and scenarios, Future Currents is underpinned by rigorous research and is accompanied by a 42-page technical report.