This report looks at the relative costs of all major forms of electricity generation and potential for future growth. It comes to the conclusion that, while all forms of renewable generation will grow to meet increasing demand, wind energy is poised for the biggest increase.
New Zealand Wind Energy Industry Health and Safety Programme - Overview: Guidelines for Senior Management
These guidelines are high level and focus on the kinds of questions that senior management and company directors need to ask together with the kinds of answers that should be expected. Over time more detailed guidelines will be developed covering specific aspects of windfarm development and management. Our aim is that these will provide a consistent set of approaches across the industry.
A short briefing for government on the status of wind energy in New Zealand and actions the government could take to create a level playing field for wind and other forms of electricity generation and energy production
A report from Deloitte that explores the economics of wind farm development in New Zealand. It draws on actual New Zealand data to give an accurate picture of the key drivers for successful local investment in wind farms.
A report by economics consultancy BERL that shows that there will be considerable growth in employment in New Zealand's wind industry over the coming years.
Economic modelling by independent experts Infometrics reveals that if the amount of New Zealand's electricity generated from wind increases to 20% by 2030 (compared with MED's base case of 8%), New Zealanders will be better off financially as well as environmentally.
These case studies explore the opportunities and benefits, at a local level, created by wind farm development, and the direct economic contribution of one wind farm development to the Manawatu economy.
NZWEA's factsheets explore a range of issues to do with wind energy, including sound, technology, electricity supply and development effects.
NZS 6808 is the New Zealand Standard that recommends limits on noise from wind farms. The 2010 edition replaces the earlier edition published in 1998.
This short film outlines:
- the sound made by wind turbines
- the limits on wind farm sound recommended by the New Zealand Standard
- how the Standard was developed
- how the Standard will be used.
A science, social sciences and technology unit from Starters and Strategies exploring the way wind energy is generated, its benefits and environmental impacts.
Other useful publications and websites
This report questions how, in the context of the New Zealand planning system, we can positively plan for wind energy - while taking care to address environmental impacts.
The 'Wind Energy – The Facts' publication is widely considered to be the most important wind energy reference in the world. It presents a detailed overview of the wind energy sector, with the most up-to-date and in-depth information on the essential issues concerning wind power today. 'Wind Energy - The Facts' is implemented by a consortium led by the European Wind Energy Association.