Wind Power News: New Zealand
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The character and value of the landscape and the likely effects of a single large wind turbine above Blueskin Bay were the focus of a lengthy Environment Court sitting in Dunedin yesterday. Judge Jane Borthwick and two commissioners are hearing an appeal by Blueskin Energy Ltd (BEL) against the Dunedin City Council’s refusal to allow a 110m turbine to be erected on Porteous Hill, on the north side of the bay. Four landscape architects were called as expert witnesses to . . .
Residents in a small Taranaki town are gearing up to fight plans to build a line of 14 metre electricity pylons near their homes. Last week an independent commission granted Tararua Wind Power Ltd resource consents to build a 48-turbine wind farm on the coast near Waverley, including the electricity transmission line. The group of residents, which includes retired lawyer Robert Hayes, are not opposed to the wind farm itself, they just want the company to run its transmission line . . .
An electricity transmission line cutting across their view of Mount Taranaki has united a group of Waverley residents in opposition. On Friday commissioners consented to a 48-turbine wind farm on coastal land between Waverley and Patea. They also consented to a 13km transmission line linking generation to a substation in Waverley. The consents are subject to appeal for 15 working days. Mike and Angela Connell want to appeal the transmission line consent, with the help of fellow Waverley resident and . . .
At least one objection is likely against a decision that would finally allow a multi-million dollar wind farm to be built in South Taranaki. Tararua Wind Power Ltd has been granted resource consents by a panel of independent commissioners to build a $325 million, 48 turbine wind farm on the coast between Waverley and Patea. The decision, which follows hearings on the proposal held in May, gives the company 10 years to begin work on the project should it decide . . .
The proposed wind farm on the northern end of the Kaimai Ranges has been a matter of concern for farmers in the Rotokahu Rd area since the announcement at the beginning of the year. A public meeting was held at Tirohia School in March so residents could find out more and have their say. Communications manager for Kaimai Wind Farm Mordecai Matan said the company wanted to be as transparent as possible as they investigated the development of the farm. . . .
A 110m wind turbine proposed for Porteous Hill above Blueskin Bay has been described by local residents as “the wrong project in definitely the wrong place”. On the fourth day of an appeal hearing in Dunedin, nine Warrington and Waitati residents and one man from Merton, “on the other side of the hill”, voiced their concerns to Environment Court Judge Jane Borthwick and two commissioners about the planned turbine and its placement on Porteous Hill. The witnesses all asked the . . .
Issues of bird strike and likely noise levels from a planned wind farm north of Dunedin occupied much of the third day of an Environment Court hearing in the city yesterday. Judge Jane Borthwick and two independent commissioners are hearing an appeal by Blueskin Energy Ltd against the Dunedin City Council’s refusal to allow the establishment of a wind farm on Porteous Hill near Warrington. Blueskin Energy (BCL), a company formed by the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT), says the . . .
A wind farm proposed for Porteous Hill, near Blueskin Bay, should not be allowed to go ahead in its present form because of significant adverse effects on its nearest neighbours, the Environment Court has been told. On the first day of a Resource Management Act appeal by Blueskin Energy Ltd against the Dunedin City Council, Judge Jane Borthwick and two commissioners heard legal submissions from lawyers for the parties. They also heard cross-examination of the first witnesses whose written evidence . . .
The backers of a plan for a wind farm near Blueskin Bay are now arguing for one turbine, not three, on Porteous Hill north of Dunedin. The Dunedin City Council resource consent committee last year declined consent for three 90m wind turbines on the hill. That decision is being appealed by Blueskin Energy Limited. At an Environment Court hearing in Dunedin today, one of the lawyers representing Blueskin Energy told Judge Jane Borthwick the proponents of the wind farm were . . .
Opponents of a proposed Taranaki wind farm have told a consents hearing that the project will have a huge impact on their lives. Tararua Wind Power wants to build 48 wind turbines, each standing 160 metres tall, on a 980 hectare coastal site between Patea and Waverley. Pylons standing 14m will relay electricity to the Waverley sub-station along streets on the outskirts of the township. Patea farmer Paul Mitchell told the hearing he lived within a kilometre of the $325 . . .