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Year in review 2016

The year (2015) started with the wind industry in the doldrums.  But at the conference in April 2015 a presentation about the amount of generation that had been built versus the amount of generation that had been decommissioned raised some eyebrows.  The data said it all.  About as much generation had been retired as had been built over the last few years.

So the 2015 conference was actually reasonably upbeat about the prospect of more wind being built.  And there was that big climate change conference coming up at the end of the year – the Paris conference.

Click link below to read full 2016 year in review report.

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Year in Review 2015

The past year has been a difficult one for the wind industry in New Zealand. In contrast globally the wind industry had its best year yet, installing some 51GW of generation and globally 2015 is looking even better

The past year has been a difficult one for the wind industry in New Zealand.  In contrast globally the wind industry had its best year yet, installing some 51GW of generation and globally 2015 is looking even better.

In New Zealand in the past year the Mill Creek windfarm was completed (60MW, near Wellington) and work is well underway on the Flat Hill Windfarm (8MW, near Bluff).  No further development is planned at this stage in New Zealand, but as we heard at the recent NZ Wind Energy Conference this could change rapidly and we could see wind farms being developed.

Click link below to read full 2015 year in review report.

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Year in Review 2014

The past year has been a roller-coaster for the NZ electricity sector with summer drought followed by a wet winter, a debate on residential prices, the partial privatisation process and the fracturing of the 15 year consensus on electricity policy.

On the wind front the construction of the Mill Creek Wind Farm is well underway and the first electricity will soon be produced. The turbines are the same “platform” as the West Wind turbines but technology moves on. So, for example, the Mill Creek blades include different components that will result in a meaningful percentage increase in power from these turbines.

Click the following link to read full 2014 year in review report.
 
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