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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.

November 9, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Mercury’s wind farm starts to rise above Palmerston North

Components for Mercury’s Turitea wind farm on the Tararua Range above Palmerston North are arriving in a Keith St yard next to the historic power station. Almost 100 turbine blades have already been delivered from Taranaki to Rangitīkei St, while hubs, nacelles and drive trains were on their way daily from Napier to Keith St. Within a month, all the major parts for the 60-turbine, $450 million wind farm will be in New Zealand. The transmission line for the wind . . . Complete story »

October 14, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Land access delaying Stewart Island wind turbines

A multi-million dollar renewable energy project on Stewart Island/Rakiura is facing delays because of land access issues. Building a pair of turbines hav been proposed at either the island’s airport or Mamaku Point, but now council staff are looking for a potential third option. Now-departed Southland District Council chief executive Steve Ruru flagged land access issues as early as December last year. The council has a funding agreement with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment for the $3.2 million . . . Complete story »

September 3, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

New route needed to get giant turbine blades to wind farm

Power generator Mercury has run into a slippery slope that is thwarting plans to get its turbine blades up the hill to the Turitea Wind Farm. The 99 12-tonne, 55-metre-long blades stored in Palmerston North were due to start being transported to the top of the Tararua Range in September. But a new track being built to bypass a steep, tight S-bend on the Pahīatua Track has slipped and failed, forcing turbine suppliers Vestas to look for another way up. Vestas . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Meridian defers North Island wind farm on smelter closure impact

Meridian Energy has deferred construction of its proposed Harapaki wind farm north of Napier citing reduced demand from the expected closure of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. The company had been close to approving the 160MW development last month when smelter owner Rio Tinto announced the end of the firm’s supply contract with Meridian from August next year. Meridian chief executive Neal Barclay said the company was unaware whether any of its recent proposals to keep the smelter operating for . . . Complete story »

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 »

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