Saturday, August 20, 2005

Energy: and more wind...

Unison has been granted resource consent for its 48 MW wind farm project at Titiokura in Hawkes Bay. This brings the amount of windpower consented this year to 141 MW - putting us well on track to meet our annual demand growth of 150 MW from wind alone. Construction is expected to begin late next year, and it should be completed and generating by the end of 2007.

But it doesn't stop there - Unision is already planning an 80 to 100 MW expansion on adjacent land, while Hawkes Bay Wind Farms' application for a 220 MW facility in the same area goes before the council on Monday. Nationally, there's 560 MW of turbines currently in the consents process, and several hundred more that I know of in the planning stage. So why do we need coal again?