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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.


August 31, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy surge expected while overseas worries about bird and bat deaths mount

Concerns about the number of bats and birds of prey being killed by wind farms are creating obstacles to wind energy expansion in some parts of the world. The slow down is particularly marked in wind energy flag bearer Germany where development of new farms has slowed to a crawl. With many more towering wind turbines expected In New Zealand in the next few decades, MICHAEL DALY looks at what is known about the impacts on wildlife in this country. The sharp . . . Complete story »


August 5, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm first approved 14 years ago may finally get underway

A wind farm granted resource consent in 2005 may finally get off the ground with Meridian Energy seeking interest from potential contractors this month. The state-owned electricity company holds two resource consents to build wind farms on neighboring sites on the Maungahururu Range, about 34 kilometres northwest of Napier. The consents were issued in 2005 to Hawke’s Bay Wind Farm and Unison Networks for up to 32 turbines and 15 turbines respectively. The consents were purchased by Meridian in 2010 . . . Complete story »


July 29, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Government model points to 1000 more wind turbines by 2050

New Zealand will need about another 1000 wind turbines to fulfil a government projection of 3390 megawatts of extra wind energy by 2050, Wind Energy Association chief executive Grenville Gaskell says. The biggest hurdle would be the Resource Management Act, but while there would be challenges around “consenting issues” there were no economic or technical obstacles, he said. “If the demand is there, the wind energy can be built.” The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has radically overhauled . . . Complete story »


June 25, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Achieving 100 per cent clean energy target would ‘disproportionately’ impact low-income households

Reaching the Government’s “ambitious” 100 per cent renewable energy target may increase average households’ power bills by $300 a year and will a disproportionately impact low-income households. It would also see power prices for businesses significantly increase. This is according to the Independent Climate Change Committee’s (ICCC) report into how New Zealand can reach the 100 per cent target. The report, initially expected to be released in April, will not be publicly released for at least a few weeks. But . . . Complete story »


May 23, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Sad’ news for Waverley people about transmission lines

Knowing the Waverley Wind Farm’s transmission line will soon stretch out along Swinbourne St makes resident Rosemary Godderidge extremely sad. Construction on the 31-turbine wind farm on coastal land near Waverley is due to start next year. When it is built 110kV transmission lines will take the electricity generated 13km to the Waverley substation in Mangatangi Rd. The lines will circle part of the town, on Swinbourne and Fookes streets. South Taranaki District Council is looking for ideas about improving . . . Complete story »


May 16, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Farmer opposed to Kaimai-Mamaku windfarm project

Al Sorley owns a mobile solar energy business and believes green energy is inevitable as a way forward. Which is why the Dickeys Flat farm owner says he was confused over his feelings when a $180 million wind farm was proposed nearby. “When I first saw the plans, I think what got me was the enormity of the whole thing and the sinking feeling of peace and tranquilly when I look at the mountain and connect with it, that felt . . . Complete story »


May 9, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm meeting promised no more secrets

Mercury Energy has apologised to residents close to the planned Turitea wind farm in Palmerston North for its secrecy and has promised to be open about its project. Generation development manager Dennis Radich said he felt terrible for people who had been blindsided by the March announcement that the first 33 of 60 consented turbines would be installed during the next year. He was speaking to a sometimes boisterous meeting on Wednesday, called to set up a community liaison group . . . Complete story »


May 2, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Mercury wants to speed up wind farm progress

Turitea residents likely to be affected by construction of the first part of Mercury’s wind farm on Palmerston North’s eastern fringe have their first chance to meet the developers on Wednesday. Mercury has called the meeting to set up a community liaison group, as conditions on its resource consent demand it do at least 60 days before starting work. But it is also seeking clarification about whether its plans to start construction on August 8 are in line with the . . . Complete story »


April 11, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Ngahere Park residents in the dark about turbines

Two weeks after Mercury announced it would start building Palmerston North’s Turitea wind farm in August, nearby neighbours are still waiting to hear any detail about how it will affect them. Kahuterawa Rd resident Stephen Hoskins, who bought into the area 18 months ago, did not even know his property would have turbines nearby and be in the path of the wind farm’s transmission line. He said there was nothing on the LIM report for the property, and no real . . . Complete story »


March 27, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Construction of 33 wind turbines at Turitea wind farm near Palmerston North confirmed

Mercury has confirmed it will build the first 33 of 60 consented wind turbines at Turitea near Palmerston North. With construction starting on the northern end of the site in August, the wind farm will start generating in early 2021, and returning royalties to Palmerston North ratepayers. The Manawatū wind farm will be the third largest in the country, producing enough electricity to power 210,000 electric cars. Mercury chief executive Fraser Whineray said it would be the first large-scale addition . . . Complete story »


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