Wednesday, January 30, 2008

More wind

Meridian Energy have announced plans for a 71 MW wind farm, at Mill Creek, north-west of Wellington. They're currently in the pre-consent stage, but once complete it will bring generation in the Wellington area to 210 MW (more if Puketiro is also consented and completed), which should pretty much make Wellington self-sufficient for domestic supply.

Given its location, the project will likely face stiff opposition from the Makara loons, who will end up being basically surrounded by wind turbines. But it will almost certainly win consent, though it may have to sacrifice a few turbines in the process.