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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.

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 »

October 16, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Iwi concerns delay Kaimai Range wind farm

A hearing for a proposed wind farm in the north-western area of the Kaimai Range is now unlikely to take place before the end of the year. The delay comes after iwi raised concerns about the proposal and are in discussions with Kaimai Windfarm Ltd, Hauraki District Council said in a statement. The company lodged resource consent applications with the council and Waikato Regional Council in July last year. These negotiations between iwi and the company are to determine what . . . Complete story »

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 »

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