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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.

March 24, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Contact Energy secures first wind farm site, in lower South Island

Contact Energy has signed a contract with a landowner for what may be a large wind farm in the lower South Island. The electricity company announced on Tuesday that it intended to begin developing wind farms for the first time, and was planning a pipeline of “large-scale” developments over the next six years. Chief executive Mike Fuge told Stuff Contact has secured its first site, which is in the lower South Island, though he has not revealed the exact location. . . . Complete story »

March 23, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Contact plans pipeline of ‘large-scale’ wind farms over next 6 years

Contact Energy has signalled its intent to start build wind farms in what would be a first for the country’s largest privately-controlled power firm. Chief executive Mike Fuge said it had appointed a Plimmerton-based consulting firm, Roaring40s, to develop “a pipeline of large-scale wind farm opportunities” over the next six years. The statement came at the same time spot market electricity prices were sitting above 50 cents a kilowatt hour in Auckland and many other parts of the country – . . . Complete story »

March 1, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm development on Stewart Island shelved

Investigations into developing a wind farm on Stewart Island/Rakiura have ended after agreement could not be reached on a suitable location. In November 2019, the Government granted $3.16 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to enable pre-development and construction stages of a wind farm to reduce the island’s reliance on diesel to generate electricity. A wind farm would have provided a renewable energy source, and reduced diesel use on the island. However, despite a comprehensive investigation of several potential locations, . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Hawke’s Bay wind farm will create 260 jobs in 3 years, but iwi’s long term concerns remain

A $395 million wind farm north of Napier will create 260 jobs, but will go ahead without the full support of local iwi. Meridian Energy plans to begin construction of the Harapaki Wind Farm later this year. No start date has been revealed. Local iwi had opposed the construction of the wind farm on grounds that included concerns it was on land that included culturally significant sites. However, the iwi has chosen to take a damage control approach and work . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Meridian aims to build new wind farm every three years

Meridian Energy says it expects to build a new wind farm about every three years after giving a project to build a $395 million wind farm in Hawke’s Bay the green light. The company had put plans for its 41-turbine Harapaki wind farm on ice last year amid concerns the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter might close this year. But it confirmed at the same time as releasing its half-year results on Wednesday that it would now press ahead with the . . . Complete story »

February 11, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans back on track to deliver turbine blades to Turitea Wind Farm

Mercury and its turbine suppliers Vestas have solved a major challenge for the Turitea Wind Farm – how to get the 55-metre-long blades up the hill. From Palmerston North and New Plymouth, they will be hauled up Centre Rd, through two existing wind farms on to North Range Rd and across the Pahīatua Track to the site. A new plan was needed after the first 99 12-tonne blades for the 60-turbine, $465 million project arrived in New Zealand through New Plymouth . . . Complete story »

February 3, 2021 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Genesis may revive plan for $1.6 billion wind farm at Castle Hill

Genesis Energy may dust off plans for a wind farm at Castle Hill in Wairarapa, where it once envisaged investing $1.6 billion in a huge power project. The company signalled in December it wanted to source more renewable electricity by 2025. Spokesman Chris Mirams said Castle Hill “remains an option alongside other new renewable electricity builds Genesis will be considering”, noting its resource consent would not expire until 2023. However, he qualified that by saying there were “no immediate construction . . . Complete story »

December 22, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Threatened bats found near planned wind farm

Protected long-tailed bats have been found near where the South Island’s biggest wind farm will be built. The Department of Conservation says the discovery at Mt Cass, an hour’s drive north of Christchurch, is significant. “The long-tailed bat’s threat classification is nationally critical and there are only two other known populations on the East Coast of the South Island – near Geraldine and in the Catlins,” acting Mahaanui operations manager Anita Spencer says in an emailed statement. MainPower, a community-owned . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Land access a problem for wind turbines on Stewart Island

Land access continue to delay a multi-million dollar renewable energy project on Stewart Island/Rakiura. The Southland District Council has plans for turbines on the island and one of the two preferred sites is for Mamaku Point. The other preferred site is by the island’s airport. But Mamaku Point Conservation Reserve trustee Roy Thompson said turbines would not be going on the most prominent ridge of the reserve. “We have ruled it out and consequently they [council] have ruled it out,” . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Proponent defends Onslow plan

The man who dreamed up the Lake Onslow pumped hydro scheme has hit back at Contact Energy’s claim the scheme could “paralyse” investment in renewable energy. Waikato University associate professor Earl Bardsley said yesterday if anything, the reverse was true. Prof Bardsley is promoting the idea of pumping Clutha River water from above or below the Roxburgh Dam to an enlarged Lake Onslow high above Roxburgh. The water would be stored until it was needed to generate electricity when hydro . . . Complete story »

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