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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.

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 »

May 9, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm meeting promised no more secrets

Mercury Energy has apologised to residents close to the planned Turitea wind farm in Palmerston North for its secrecy and has promised to be open about its project. Generation development manager Dennis Radich said he felt terrible for people who had been blindsided by the March announcement that the first 33 of 60 consented turbines would be installed during the next year. He was speaking to a sometimes boisterous meeting on Wednesday, called to set up a community liaison group . . . Complete story »

May 2, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Mercury wants to speed up wind farm progress

Turitea residents likely to be affected by construction of the first part of Mercury’s wind farm on Palmerston North’s eastern fringe have their first chance to meet the developers on Wednesday. Mercury has called the meeting to set up a community liaison group, as conditions on its resource consent demand it do at least 60 days before starting work. But it is also seeking clarification about whether its plans to start construction on August 8 are in line with the . . . Complete story »

April 11, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Ngahere Park residents in the dark about turbines

Two weeks after Mercury announced it would start building Palmerston North’s Turitea wind farm in August, nearby neighbours are still waiting to hear any detail about how it will affect them. Kahuterawa Rd resident Stephen Hoskins, who bought into the area 18 months ago, did not even know his property would have turbines nearby and be in the path of the wind farm’s transmission line. He said there was nothing on the LIM report for the property, and no real . . . Complete story »

March 27, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Construction of 33 wind turbines at Turitea wind farm near Palmerston North confirmed

Mercury has confirmed it will build the first 33 of 60 consented wind turbines at Turitea near Palmerston North. With construction starting on the northern end of the site in August, the wind farm will start generating in early 2021, and returning royalties to Palmerston North ratepayers. The Manawatū wind farm will be the third largest in the country, producing enough electricity to power 210,000 electric cars. Mercury chief executive Fraser Whineray said it would be the first large-scale addition . . . Complete story »

March 16, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Submissions oppose wind farm

A proposed $180 million Kamai Wind Farm will be visible over a 15km radius from Waihi, Dickeys Flat campground, Paeroa and Te Aroha. Some 220 people submitted to Hauraki District Council – the majority, 157, opposed. Another 143 submissions to Waikato Regional Council had 96 against and 42 in support. Eleven were undecided. Kaimai Wind Ltd community liaison Clare Bayly says the submissions are the beginning of “a long term investment” and follow 3-4 years of consultation with the community. “Now . . . Complete story »

February 22, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Kaimai windfarm electricity plan generating a head of community steam

Selling a windfarm plan to a local community is always tough but Hauraki people are giving promoters of a major windfarm on the Kaimai Ranges a gruelling run for their money. After being howled down at a Business-after-5 function in Paeroa late last year, the windfarm proposal’s community liaison advisor Clare Bayly was steeling herself for placards and more shouting at a Te Aroha Continuing Education-organised meeting thrown open to the public this week. Though lively, the decibel-level stayed manageable . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Department of Conservation lodges submission against Kaimai wind farm

DoC is opposed to a proposed wind farm because it believes bats might collide with turbines. The Department of Conservation is among a large group of submitters opposing a 24-turbine wind farm on 1304 hectares along the northern end of the Kaimai Ranges. Last year, Kaimai Wind Farm Ltd made resource consent applications through both Hauraki District Council and Waikato Regional Council to establish the wind farm which would have the biggest turbines in the country. Hauraki District Council has . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2019 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Paeroa locals voice scepticism over proposed wind farm, which could power 50k homes

Submissions for a controversial wind farm closed last month, but locals are concerned of the potential impact it could have on the landscape. Kaimai Wind Farm Ltd lodged resource consent applications with Hauraki District Council and the Waikato Regional Council to establish and operate 24 wind turbines on the northwestern side of the Kaimai Ranges. However, nearly three-quarters of those who submitted to the district council were opposed to the idea. Local farmer John MacRae told 1 NEWS one “major” . . . Complete story »

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