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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.


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 »


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 »


February 11, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Coalition concedes green economy relies on mining resources

After the no new mines announcement, the Government said it wanted to move towards a carbon-free nation. While that means less coal, it also means more wind and solar power, which relies on batteries and good batteries in turn need minerals. A 3MW wind turbine requires 335 tonnes of steel, 4.7 tonnes of copper, 1200 tonnes of concrete, three tonnes of aluminium, and two tonnes of rare earth elements and zinc. Complete story »


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 »


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