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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.


October 23, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines reaching 206m tall proposed for Taranaki site as part of $70m green hydrogen project

The tallest wind turbines in the country could soon be built on the Taranaki ring plain as part of a world-leading $70 million “green” hydrogen project. The turbines would generate electricity to produce “green” hydrogen that would be turned into fertiliser and used to fuel heavy vehicles. Green hydrogen is a term for hydrogen produced using electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro. The Hiringa Energy Limited and Ballance Agri-Nutrients’ green hydrogen hub at Kapuni could . . . Complete story »


October 7, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Tararua Wind Farm turbine fire puzzle is being probed

A fire in a turbine at the Tararua Wind Farm in Manawatū that spewed black smoke on the skyline was left to burn itself. Wind farm owners Mercury and on-site contractors Vestas have launched an investigation into what caused the rare incident on Wednesday afternoon. Mercury general manager for generation Stewart Hamilton said the fire was contained to the turbine and no other structures, people or property were in danger. Fire and Emergency services were called to the site, and . . . Complete story »


October 6, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine on fire on Tararua Range, near Palmerston North

A wind turbine is on fire at a wind farm near Palmerston North. Emergency services were called to the site near Aokautere, Palmerston North, at 2.40pm, a Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesperson said. “It’s a windmill on fire,” he said. Four fire trucks and a tanker responded but left shortly after 4pm, as they were “unable to assist”, he said. The fire was being left to burn overnight under the management of on-site contractors. A spokesperson for Mercury NZ . . . Complete story »


October 6, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Operators probe cause of wind turbine fire on Tararua Range

A number of wind turbines on the Tararua Range have been stopped after one of them burst into flames. An incident investigation has been launched following the fire on Wednesday afternoon, which could be seen from Palmerston North and Feilding. Wind farm owner Mercury and operator Vestas have yet to establish the cause. A spokesman for Mercury said they had been alerted to the fire at its Tararua Wind Farm by on-site contractors Vestas, who confirmed nobody was in danger . . . Complete story »


October 6, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Investigation launched after wind turbine catches fire near Palmerston North

A wind turbine near Palmerston North has caught fire at one of Mercury’s wind farms. Fire and Emergency were called to the fire at Tararua Wind Farm at about 2:40pm on Wednesday afternoon. A spokesperson for Mercury’s contractor Vestas said it is too early to know what caused the fire, but confirmed no one was injured. “Vestas can confirm that no people were near the turbine at the time of the incident, all employees have been accounted for, and there . . . Complete story »


August 11, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Amid power supply scrutiny, Genesis not planning to build NZ’s biggest wind farm at Castle Hill

Genesis Energy has sat on a granted resource consent for what would be the biggest wind farm in the country for the last eight years, and has no plans to build it. The Castle Hill Wind Farm, consented on a site north of Masterton, could double Genesis Energy’s current annual renewable electricity generation. The annual generation of the farm would be the equivalent of the power generated by at least 850,000 tonnes of coal. The wind farm was given the . . . Complete story »


July 28, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wellington’s Brooklyn wind turbine put out of action by bad weather

The Brooklyn wind turbine was built to harness Wellington’s notorious wind, but it is the recent cold, damp weather that has put it out of action. The 67-metre tall landmark’s blades haven’t turned since June when it was taken out of service for maintenence. Meridian Energy spokeswoman Anna Vrede​ said while work was underway, moisture got into the generator and electronics. “Usually during maintenance, there is still electricity going to the turbine and this helps protect the electronics from moisture . . . Complete story »


May 28, 2021 • New Zealand, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Staunch opposition to wind turbines keeps Stewart Island running on diesel power

Stewart Islanders pay higher prices for their power than mainlanders, but they’re stuck with diesel for the foreseeable future after a wind turbine project was scrapped. But why were islanders so against the turbine project? During the past 40 years some 25 reports have looked at alternative energy sources but to date nothing has been built. With a Government that is pro-active in encouraging people to look cleaner fuel sources to help the climate, having beautiful Stewart Island, that is . . . Complete story »


May 14, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine blades tilt for their journey to the ridges above Palmerston North

Mercury’s wind farm contractors have engineered a way out of a tricky problem – how to get the massive turbine blades to the top of the Tararua Range above Palmerston North. The corners on the Pahīatua Track were too tight to get the 55-metre blades around and an attempt to create a bypass track collapsed in a slip. The solution, given the road could not be made straighter, was to make the blades shorter. The innovative technology, the blade manipulator, . . . Complete story »


May 4, 2021 • Australia, New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Oceanex Energy eyes Taranaki for offshore wind farms

An Australian company has plans for developing offshore and floating wind farms in Australia and New Zealand. Oceanex Energy is pushing the ambitious plans and is looking at developing offshore farms producing three gigawatts of power in New Zealand and nine gigawatts in Australia. The company identified up to eight New Zealand sites but believed Taranaki offered one of the best options, in part because of its good and consistent wind, and because it had an oil and gas industry . . . Complete story »


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