15 August 2012
The New Zealand Wind Energy Association today congratulates Meridian Energy on turning the first sod at Mill Creek wind farm, near Wellington.
"Construction of Mill Creek is an important step towards New Zealand's renewable energy future," says NZWEA chief executive Eric Pyle. "Wind will be a key part of a safe and secure electricity system, generating at least 20% of New Zealand's electricity by 2030, up from 5% of generation today.
"Projects such as Mill Creek will provide cost-competitive generation as older thermal plants are phased out of the electricity market," notes Mr Pyle.
"The technology for harnessing wind has advanced significantly in recent times, with capacity factors increasing alongside efficiency and reliability. This all combines with our tremendous wind resource to make wind energy one of the lowest cost options for new generation in New Zealand."
Once Mill Creek is complete, New Zealand's installed wind capacity will increase from 623MW to 683MW.
For further information please contact:
Sarah Vaughan, Communications Manager, NZWEA
Tel: 04 499 5047 / 027 212 2296
Note to editors
The New Zealand Wind Energy Association is an industry body that supports the continuing development of wind as a reliable, sustainable, clean and commercially viable energy source. We aim to fairly represent wind energy to the public, government and the energy sector. Our members include about 65 companies involved in New Zealand's wind energy sector, including electricity generators, wind farm developers, lines companies, turbine manufacturers, consulting firms, researchers and law firms.