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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.

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 »

November 9, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Mercury’s wind farm starts to rise above Palmerston North

Components for Mercury’s Turitea wind farm on the Tararua Range above Palmerston North are arriving in a Keith St yard next to the historic power station. Almost 100 turbine blades have already been delivered from Taranaki to Rangitīkei St, while hubs, nacelles and drive trains were on their way daily from Napier to Keith St. Within a month, all the major parts for the 60-turbine, $450 million wind farm will be in New Zealand. The transmission line for the wind . . . Complete story »

October 14, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Land access delaying Stewart Island wind turbines

A multi-million dollar renewable energy project on Stewart Island/Rakiura is facing delays because of land access issues. Building a pair of turbines hav been proposed at either the island’s airport or Mamaku Point, but now council staff are looking for a potential third option. Now-departed Southland District Council chief executive Steve Ruru flagged land access issues as early as December last year. The council has a funding agreement with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment for the $3.2 million . . . Complete story »

September 3, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

New route needed to get giant turbine blades to wind farm

Power generator Mercury has run into a slippery slope that is thwarting plans to get its turbine blades up the hill to the Turitea Wind Farm. The 99 12-tonne, 55-metre-long blades stored in Palmerston North were due to start being transported to the top of the Tararua Range in September. But a new track being built to bypass a steep, tight S-bend on the Pahīatua Track has slipped and failed, forcing turbine suppliers Vestas to look for another way up. Vestas . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Meridian defers North Island wind farm on smelter closure impact

Meridian Energy has deferred construction of its proposed Harapaki wind farm north of Napier citing reduced demand from the expected closure of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. The company had been close to approving the 160MW development last month when smelter owner Rio Tinto announced the end of the firm’s supply contract with Meridian from August next year. Meridian chief executive Neal Barclay said the company was unaware whether any of its recent proposals to keep the smelter operating for . . . Complete story »

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