A big wind farm

March 20th, 2012 at 4:55 pm by David Farrar

Idiot/Savant blogs at No Right Turn:

Genesis Energy has been granted resource consent for its proposed Castle Hill wind farm. At a potential 858 MW, Castle Hill would be the biggest wind farm in the country, and our second-largest power station; if constructed, it would double our total wind generation in one hit, and put us 5% closer to our “90% renewables by 2030” target.

This is a good thing. At present, wind is not as cheap as other forms of power, but it is an important part of our future as it is renewable. You can never rely on wind alone, due to the need for security of supply. But I think it is great to be making more use of wind for power, rather than finite resources.

The Brooklyn Wind Turbine

April 17th, 2010 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

The fate of Wellington’s Brooklyn wind turbine swings in the balance.

The 17-year-old turbine, New Zealand’s oldest and first commercially viable one, has not been operating for four months, as some of the machinery needs repair.

Meridian is reviewing whether it should repair, replace or remove the turbine, and plans to ask the community to help decide its fate.

For my 2c I think the turbine is a great icon for Windy Wellington, and it s a great excuse to take visitors up to its location to admire the view. I hope Meridian do keep it going.

Wind powered Wellington

April 30th, 2009 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

NZPA reports:

A $440 million wind farm with future capacity to power Wellington was connected to New Zealand’s electricity grid yesterday.

Twenty 111m-high turbines at Meridian’s West Wind project in the hills of Makara began spinning to generate enough energy for 17,000 homes.

By the end of this year it will use 62 turbines, which have 40m-long blades, to generate enough power for 70,000 homes – the whole of Wellington.

Cool. You get a good view of them from Hawkins Hill.

Wind farm declined due to spiritual values

February 26th, 2009 at 11:27 am by David Farrar

Sigh. The Dom Post reports:

An application to build a wind farm near Napier has been declined for the second time by the Environment Court because the site is spiritually significant to Maori.

The Hawke’s Bay-based powerline company Unison applied to add 34 turbines to 15 already approved for a site on Te Waka Range near Te Pohue, on the Napier-Taupo Road. …

Unison was poor at consultation and appeared to have approached iwi as an afterthought. “We’re not opposed to wind farms, we understand the need for renewable energy,” she said. “But not on this site. This is our sacred mountain. We are duty-bound to protect it.”

I don’t think any mountain is sacred. I can understand the decision if the turbines were planned for say a burial place.

I can accept arguments over a mountain’s conservation or scenic values. I wouldn’t back wind turbines on Mt Cook for example. But arguments about a mountain’s spirtual values have no place in court.

A wind powered Wellington

July 1st, 2008 at 11:10 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports on a proposed third wind farm for Wellington, which would mean the 140 wind turbines would be enough to power every home in the city.

The proposed location is on the south west coast of Wellington – near Oteranga Bay by the look of it.

I am a big fan of wind power and think that wind turbines look wonderful dotted on the hills. Sure they shouldn’t be within a few metres of people’s homes, but they should not be blocked just because someone doesn’t want them in their line of sight.