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Waverley Wind Farm 

Trustpower has sought resource consent to build a 48 turbine 130MW wind farm in South Taranaki.

The wind farm would cost $325m to build and generate 490GWh of electricity a year which, based on average residential consumption, would produce the same amount of electricity as used by over 65,000 homes.

The proposed wind farm is in a great location to provide renewable electricity to meet growing demand and displace existing thermal generation with its high level of carbon emissions.  The wind farm could avoid 337,400 tonnes of C02 per year if this electricity were to be generated from a coal-fired plant or 196,800 tonnes in avoided gas fire generation.

The NZWEA has submitted in support of the wind farm.  In its submission the Association highlighted the economic benefits to the region through the construction and operation of the wind farm and the long term benefits to the country’s electricity prices and greenhouse gas emissions reduction

NZWEA also highlighted that the proposed wind farm is entirely consistent with the Government’s strategic target as outlined in the New Zealand Energy Strategy and National Policy Statement on Renewable Electricity Generation that 90% of electricity generated in New Zealand should be derived from renewable energy sources by 2025.

NZWEA’s submission can be viewed here 

NZWEA Waverley RMA Submission to consenting authorities