[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Weekly updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

News Watch Home

Hawke's Bay energy plan gets second wind  

The race to harness wind power from the top of Hawke’s Bay’s mountains stepped up a notch this week as Genesis Energy indicated it wanted to buy electricity made from a major windfarm project.

Genesis has been talking to Hawke’s Bay’s Unison Networks, the powerlines company which has one windfarm project approved and another in the pipeline for the Te Pohue and Maungaharuru ranges, about 30km north-west of Napier.

Genesis has said Unison’s windfarms would fit well with its Waikaremoana and Tongariro hydro-generation schemes.

Competitor Hawke’s Bay Wind Farm, a Wellington-based company, also plans 75 turbines on neighbouring Titiokura Saddle.

Its $350-million project investment would generate enough electricity to power 100,000 homes but as yet it has not announced a company willing to buy its power.

In comparison, Unison’s two windfarm projects could generate enough power for 50,000 homes. The consent for the first 15 turbines was approved but the second windfarm for 34 turbines was declined by the Environment Court.

Unison has re-lodged its application to the Hastings District Council in an attempt to win favour for approval of the second windfarm.

Genesis Energy plans to acquire all of the electricity generated by the windfarms through a power-purchase agreement.

Its chief executive, Murray Jackson, said the deal would allow the company to boost its renewable energy sources and move operations at the Huntly coal-fired plant into reserve over the next 10 years.

“Genesis Energy has a number of geothermal and wind energy projects currently being evaluated. Joint partners on windfarm developments are ideal as we not only bring equity to the table but expertise in windfarm operations,” Mr Jackson said.

Unison’s chief executive, Ken Sutherland, said while the full development remained subject to resource management act consent, Genesis’ interest was a “big vote of confidence” in the initiative.


This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.