Hurunui wind farm consented

April 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Hurunui wind farm consented

The New
Zealand Wind Energy Association (NZWEA) congratulates
Meridian Energy on receiving consent for its proposed
Hurunui Wind Farm in North Canterbury. The project was
approved by the Environment Court earlier this week.

“It
is evident from the decision that the Court has given
careful consideration to the full range of issues raised by
the community. It is a reasonable decision for both the
community and the developer,” says Eric Pyle, Chief
Executive of NZWEA. The Court approved 31 of the 33 proposed
wind turbines.

“The project is a valuable addition to
Meridian’s pipeline of projects. Hurunui is a solid option
for new generation, even given the uncertainty in the
electricity market and flat electricity demand,” said Mr
Pyle. “The project is located in a region where there are
transmission constraints and limited local generation. Wind
is one of the lowest cost options for new generation in NZ.
And if the forecasts related to the reducing cost of wind
energy hold true, the wind could undercut existing thermal
generation within a few years.”

Globally, wind is one of
the leading sources of new electricity generation. A report
released yesterday by the Global Wind Energy Council shows
that 44.8 gigawatts of new wind generation was installed
around the world in 2012. This is more than four times New
Zealand’s total generation capacity. Steve Saywer,
GWEC’s Secretary General recently commented that wind is
now competitive in an increasing number of markets, despite
fossil fuel subsidies which last year amounted to an
incentive to emit CO2 of about $110 per tonne.

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