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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


June 19, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Mercury Energy warned after breaching consents at Turitea wind farm construction site

Mercury Energy says it is disappointed in itself after it received two warnings about breaching resource consent at the construction of a new wind farm in Manawatū. Horizons Regional Council records, presented to its environment committee in June, show Mercury was given two infringement notices for “discharge of sediment” and “unauthorised land disturbance”. Horizons regulatory manager Greg Bevin​ said the breaches were found when council staff went to the Turitea wind farm construction site in January. Mercury started building a . . . Complete story »


June 10, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farm proponents warned surf breaks will be protected

Proponents of an idea to build massive offshore wind farms off the coast of Taranaki are being warned its internationally renowned surf breaks will soon be protected and cannot be disturbed. But a Venture Taranaki discussion paper says offshore electricity generation has huge potential for the region which even before Covid-19 had been dealt a significant economic blow with the ban on new offshore oil and gas exploration. Taranaki has long been famed for its surf breaks. Its exposure to . . . Complete story »


June 2, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Petition could take wind out of Hawke’s Bay electricity farm’s sails

A proposal to construct a 41 turbine wind farm on the Titiokura/Te Waka range situated near Te Pohue on the Napier-Taupo¯ Rd could face further delays with a petition and the Covid-19 pandemic pushing the project back. The petition was started by Maria Rahui. She and the 374 signatories strongly oppose the location of the wind farm. Hastings District Council has given consent to Meridian Energy for the project. “Tıtıokura/Te Waka mountain range is a significant landscape for people of . . . Complete story »


June 2, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Truck carrying massive wind turbine blade topples over on SH45

A truck transporting the first giant turbine blade destined for use on a South Taranaki wind farm tipped on its side along State Highway 45 on Tuesday. The 64 metre-long blade was one of two supposed to be taken from Port Taranaki in the early hours of the morning heading for the $227 million Waipipi Wind Farm being developed near Waverley by Tilt Renewables. While police were alerted to the incident, near the intersection of the SH45 and Hampton Rd, . . . Complete story »


June 2, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Truck carrying massive wind turbine blade tips over on SH45

A truck carring a 64m-long wind turbine blade has tipped on its side along State Highway 45 in Taranaki. The truck slid into a ditch and tipped over shortly before 8am while negotiating a bend at the intersection with Hampton Rd, south of Ōkato. The NZ Transport Agency said as of 12pm there was still only one lane reopened on SH45, and a stop-go was in place. A contractor has been called to lift the trailer out of the ditch. . . . Complete story »


February 15, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Tilt Renewables looks to repower Tararua Wind Farm

Once the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, one of New Zealand’s first wind farms on the Tararua Range is going strong after two decades with turbines expected to wear out within 20 years. The first stage of the 134-turbine Tararua Wind Farm started commercial production on Christmas Eve, 1999, an anniversary marked by owners Tilt Renewables on site on Thursday. Chief executive Deion Campbell said it was a credit to the maintenance crews that the earliest turbines were still turning . . . Complete story »


February 11, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Coalition concedes green economy relies on mining resources

After the no new mines announcement, the Government said it wanted to move towards a carbon-free nation. While that means less coal, it also means more wind and solar power, which relies on batteries and good batteries in turn need minerals. A 3MW wind turbine requires 335 tonnes of steel, 4.7 tonnes of copper, 1200 tonnes of concrete, three tonnes of aluminium, and two tonnes of rare earth elements and zinc. Complete story »


December 16, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

South Island’s biggest wind farm to be constructed on Canterbury’s Mt Cass

Hurunui’s Mt Cass will soon be home to the South Island’s largest wind farm after lines company MainPower announced it had begun preliminary work on the $200 million project. When fully operational, the Mt Cass wind farm will generate 93 megawatts – enough energy to power 40,000 homes. The plan was initially rejected by district council-appointed commissioners in 2009, who labelled wind turbines “inappropriate” because they would degrade an outstanding natural feature of national significance – the ridge between Mt . . . Complete story »


November 12, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Second stage of New Zealand’s biggest wind farm to go ahead

Mercury will press on with the second stage of its $450 million wind farm in Manawatū regardless of decisions about the future of the Tiwai aluminium smelter. Possible closure of the smelter is being considered, which could release an increased supply of electricity into the market, reducing prices. But Mercury chief executive Fraser Whineray said the energy company was confident that would not have a material effect on the economics of the wind farm. Whineray said on Tuesday Mercury would . . . Complete story »


October 17, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Kaimai wind farm still up in the air

A combined council hearing for a proposed wind farm on the north-western area of the Kaimai Ranges is unlikely to take place before the end of the year. Iwi have raised specific concerns about the proposal and are currently in discussions with Kaimai Windfarm Ltd. The company lodged resource consent applications with Hauraki District Council and Waikato Regional Council in July last year. Negotiations between iwi and the company will determine what should be included in a Maori values assessment, . . . Complete story »


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