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Year in Review 2019

In last year’s review, we concluded that the longer-term outlook for wind energy in NZ remains very positive. 

After a disappointed plateauing of development over the past few years, planets have aligned.  Mercury has announced it will commence construction of the Turitea Wind Farm in August 2019 and the expectation is that a decision on Tilt Renewable’s Waverley Wind Farm is not far away.

The energy sector is always a dynamic space but the past twelve months in particular has seen some major shifts that shape the future. 

One major shift was the government’s decision to halt all off-shore oil and gas exploration and limit on-shore exploration to Taranaki.

Government reviews and consultations on initiatives to address climate change and future proof the electricity sector have been a key feature of the year.  The Association has been active in engaging in the consultation process.

In this review we look back over the past year, update the domestic and international outlook, provide an overview of NZWEA’s activities, priorities for 2019 and an overall summary.

The Association’s strategy was revised to focus on three key areas:

  • Leveraging New Zealand’s emissions reduction imperative to enable the energy transition to renewables, particularly wind energy.
  • Optimising wind energy’s position and ensure the regulatory environment supports wind farm development.
  • Expanding the opportunity for wind energy development to enable community and industrial projects including wind’s integration with other technologies.

Climate change and reducing carbon emissions is now centre stage. It is clear that the electricity sector has a key role to play in reducing carbon emission and that wind energy is an essential part of future generation mix. The start of period of managed growth in wind generation is upon us.

Click link below to read full 2019 Year in Review report.