Media Releases & Articles

Below are recent media releases and thought pieces from NZWEA and media articles about NZWEA and wind power in New Zealand.

Strong support for renewables

In September 2018 the Productivity Commission released its Low-emissions Economy Report.

The Report is a comprehensive assessment as to how New Zealand could transition to a low-emissions economy while continuing to grow incomes and wellbeing.

The Commission conclude the transition will be a long and uncertain journey that involves significant change that should be progressed without delay.

Leveraging New Zealand’s largely renewable electricity system is one of the key recommendations and the Report notes “all the identified pathways to a very low-emissions electricity system involve a large expansion of wind generation in the lower North Island”.

The Association is very supportive of the Commission’s recommendations and issued the media release below:

The Commission’s Report can be accessed here

Climate change and the paradox of wind energy

In September 2017 NZWEA provided a thought piece for 'Pure Advantage's Thought Leader' series of articles.

The thought piece notes the important role renewable energy plays in reducing man-made climate change. The article covers the paradox that we need more renewables like wind energy yet often challenge proposed developments based on landscape and amenity impacts and suggests we change our perspective. In particular that we focus on the improvements in our quality of life that comes from renewable electricity while generating zero emissions.

The Most Difficult Selfie You'll Ever Take?

A wind turbine blade the length of four buses parked nose to tail will be carefully backed into the bus parks in front of Te Papa early in the morning of Monday 14 April. Over the next two days, passers-by will be able to get a close look at this enormous piece of technology before it continues the journey to help power Wellington homes.

NZ Must Tackle Rising Emissions from Electricity Sector

According to the latest figures from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment , New Zealand ranks sixth worst for emissions increases since 1990 among countries who have signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

NZ’s biggest percentage increase in emissions came from electricity generation, which are up 88.3 per cent since 1990.

NZ Herald Article: Politics Take Puff out of Wind Farm Building

25 November 2013: NZWEA's CEO, Eric Pyle, and Meridian Energy's CFO, Paul Chambers, were interviewed by the NZ Herald about the state of the wind energy industry in New Zealand. The resulting article is here.

Electricity Sector Could Act to Reduce Carbon Pollution

27 September 2013: The recent Fifth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a sobering analysis of where the world is heading if we continue to burn fossil fuels and pollute the atmosphere with carbon dioxide.

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NZ Wind Energy Association Disappointed at Exit of Hauauru ma raki Development

20 August 2013: The New Zealand Wind Energy Association is disappointed that Contact Energy has decided to exit the Hauāuru mā raki wind generation development on the Waikato coast.

Dominion Post - Renewable Energy, Investing in the Future

22 October 2013: an opinion piece printed in the Dominion Post.

Around the developed world demand for electricity is either static or falling. In Europe and North America demand has been flat for the last few years, yet both areas are investing significantly in new renewable energy generation.

TVNZ 6pm News – Call for more wind power

29 September 2013: a TVNZ news item about wind energy as a solution for climate change.

Energy News - Forecasting Workshop

1 October 2013: Energy News article (subscribers only).

The New Zealand Wind Energy Association has teamed up with MetService to host a workshop looking at potential weather forecasting developments for the electricity industry.