Thursday, March 03, 2005


Those who want to argue that wind is only a "niche technology" may want to check out this map of wind resources and possible developments from TransPower. This was produced for the Wind Energy Conference six months ago, and it's already significantly out of date. In particular, since it was produced, resource consents have been granted for a further 120 MW of turbines (at Te Rere Hau and Mossburn), and Trustpower's "Tararua area" proposal has grown to 120MW and is now in the process of applying for resource consent. By way of comparison, New Zealand's electricity demand growth - the amount of new generation we need to install each year to "stop the lights from going out" - is estimated at 150 MW a year. On past and present performance then, we're meeting 80% of that demand growth from wind alone.


Fair point, as with anything of this kind of scale you would imagine that resource consent would take into account bird migratory patterns:

Posted by Anonymous : 3/04/2005 01:30:00 AM

The windfarm in the Manawatu looks absolutely stunning and provides 30,000 households with power, and manages to be a tourist attraction - hell, houseprices with a view on the windmills have shot up!
The objections to a windfarm in South Auckland come from horse lovers who think it might frightent the horses, rather than any concern for any bird life that may be affected.

Posted by Hans Versluys : 3/04/2005 11:26:00 AM

Lets put them in the backyard's of Waikato farmers, next to the power pilon's.

Posted by Anonymous : 3/04/2005 11:44:00 AM

Sorry "pylons" before the spelling nazi's get me

Posted by Anonymous : 3/04/2005 11:51:00 AM

And that should be "nazis" :)

Posted by Hans Versluys : 3/04/2005 04:29:00 PM

hahaha give us a break!

Posted by Anonymous : 3/04/2005 10:10:00 PM