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Public feedback sought on energy proposals  

Public feedback is being sought on plans for a wind farm in the Hawke’s Bay and a geothermal power station near Taupo.

The Government is using its call-in powers under the Resource Management Act because the schemes are considered to be of national significance.

Unison Networks wants to build a 34-turbine wind farm near the Te Waka Range in the Hawke’s Bay.

Contact Energy is proposing a geothermal power station in an area known as Te Mihi.

Environment Minister Trevor Mallard says the schemes are relevant to New Zealand’s international obligations under the Kyoto Protocol.

Mr Mallard says as part of the call-in process, an independent Board of Inquiry has been asked to consider the Te Mihi application and Unison’s proposal has been referred to the Environment Court.

The public has four weeks to make submissions.

Radio New Zealand News

8 February 2008

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