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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

February 8, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Majority of submissions oppose Kaimai windfarm

Submissions are now closed on Kaimai Windfarm Ltd’s proposed wind farm project. Overall Hauraki District Council received 220 submissions on the proposal, of which 57 were in support and 157 were opposed to the idea. Waikato Regional Council submissions totalled 143, with 96 against and 42 in support of the proposal. Around 11 submissions were sitting on the fence without leaning one way or the other. The next steps in the process are now being finalised but will likely include . . . Complete story »

October 19, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Genesis Energy agreement gives green light to Waverley Wind Farm

Now that Genesis Energy has agreed to buy its electricity the Waverley Wind Farm can go ahead, Tilt Renewables renewable development general manager Clayton Delmarter says. Building turbines on 980ha of coastal land between Waverley and Patea could begin as early as the first half of next year – and there will probably be fewer than initially planned. Partnering with Genesis Energy is a good opportunity for both Genesis and Tilt, Delmarter said. Tilt doesn’t sell electricity, and needed an . . . Complete story »

September 28, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm’s towering turbines worry nearby Te Aroha residents

Property owners within a 2km radius of a major wind farm project have met with the company heading the initiative. Kaimai Wind Farm Ltd’s proposed wind farm included 42 large scale turbines, seven of them 180 metres tall and 17 will be 207m tall. The company lodged resource consent applications with Hauraki District Council and Waikato Regional Council for the wind farm on the north-western area of the Kaimai Range, south of Paeroa. But the main site access would be . . . Complete story »

September 27, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

The promise of NZ Windfarms dissipates as it announces a major review

The new chairman of NZ Windfarms says the company has reached a turning point where it must evaluate its future because of the unpredictability of wind power. Stuart Bauld spoke of the options as he also announced a $14m loss due to Vector selling its 22 per cent shareholding meaning Windfarms lost millions of dollars in tax benefits under continuity of shareholding accounting rules. Bould said the company can consistently produce a modest profit and a modest cash flow, but . . . Complete story »

September 26, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Kaiwera Downs wind farm still on the horizon

There may still be wind turbines on the horizon at Kaiwera Downs near Gore. Tilt Renewables, which now owns the Kaiwera Downs Wind Farm project, says it is waiting on favourable market conditions before any further development takes place, project manager Jim Pearson said. “There are no immediate plans to ramp things up but we have done a lot of work in the last five to six years to secure a route for transmission lines to the Gore substation. “The . . . Complete story »

September 20, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Kaimai Wind Farm identified as posing risk to vulnerable long-tailed bat

Ecological environment reports for the proposed Kaimai Wind Farm have identified the wind mills could cause internal hemorrhaging in the native and vulnerable long-tailed bat. At a recent public meeting, hosted by Protect Karangahake at Karangahake Hall, Protect Karangahake group member Alastair Sorley said in documents released as part of the resource consent process, it was identified that long-tailed bats could be considered at risk of mortality or injury by wind turbine strike. The Ecological Effects Assessment report, however, states . . . Complete story »

August 31, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Public meeting on proposed Kaimai Wind Farm

Protect Karangahake is calling a public meeting this Sunday to discuss the Kaimai Wind Farm project. Kaimai Wind Farm Ltd applied for resource consents in June to Hauraki District Council and Waikato Regional Council. The KWF wind farm would be installed on a 1304ha site near Tirohia, across private land on three properties. It would include 24 turbines with a hub height of 110m and 130m and an output of 100MW to be set up on the north-western flanks of . . . Complete story »

August 29, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Tilt says Waverley among key near-term projects

Tilt Renewables says its consented wind project at Waverley on the southern Taranaki coast is among three it is focusing on for near-term development. The Melbourne-based company is advancing an 80-turbine, 336 MW project at Dundonnell in Victoria. That development, the 130 MW Waverley site, and the 300 MW Rye Park project in New South Wales are the firm’s “key near-term focus,” chair Bruce Harker said in a presentation for the company’s annual meeting today. While Australia’s National Energy Guarantee . . . Complete story »

August 1, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Kaimai Range wind farm sours family’s hope of dream home

The same day the Sarah and Simon Hill paid the deposit on their dream home, they learnt of a proposed wind farm nearby. Resource consent was recently filed for the Kaimai Wind Farm – a 24-turbine wind farm proposed for the northern end of the Kaimai Ranges. If approved it will span 1304 hectares, bordered by Rotokohu Rd, Paeroa, and SH26, Tirohia. Sarah said they were on cloud nine when they managed to buy their Rotokohu Road property at auction. . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Biggest wind turbines in the country proposed for the Kaimai Ranges

If a $180 million Kaimai Wind farm gets the green light, the biggest turbines in the country could be visible along the ranges. A resource consent application has been filed for a 24-turbine wind farm proposed for the northern end, spanning 1304 hectares, bordered by Rotokohu Rd, Paeroa and SH26 Tirohia. But local iwi say not enough has been done to mitigate the cultural impact of the wind farm. Ngāti Hako iwi manager Paulin Clarkin said turbines on the maunga, . . . Complete story »

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