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Year in Review 2017

The global wind industry had another stellar growth year in 2016.  Domestically, while the outlook improved for new wind development, there was no new capacity added.

The improved NZ outlook is due to reducing security margins following thermal plant closures, increasing confidence around demand growth and that the aluminium smelter will remain.  

Internationally 2016 growth was 55GW with 2017 expecting to be around 60GW as economies seek to lower energy sector emission and take advantage of wind energy’s improving economics.

The Association continues to focus on three priorities:

  1. Increasing climate change awareness and leverage NZ’s emission reduction target to raise awareness of the benefits of renewable electricity generation, particularly wind energy.
  2. Promoting domestic emission mitigation options to increase demand for electricity and support new generation build activity.
  3. Continuing to raise the profile of wind energy and ensure the regulatory environment supports wind farm development.

In summary, increased optimism in NZ is translating into new consent activity and several build options being considered with the longer-term outlook for wind energy remaining very positive.

Click link below to read full 2017 year in review report.

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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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