Wind is crucial to New Zealand's energy future.
Of the renewable sources of electricity, wind has greatest potential for New Zealand. It’s abundant and we have plenty of land on which to site wind farms. The technology has developed to the point where it is now a very cost-effective way to generate electricity.
Wind is free and clean. The technologies for harnessing wind have advanced hugely over the last two decades. Turbines are bigger and better. Capacity is increasing as is efficiency and reliability. All the while, costs are coming down.
The New Zealand Government has recognised the importance of renewable generation; its current energy strategy includes a target of 90% electricity from renewable sources by 2025, up from around 75% today. Achieving this target requires a substantial increase in renewable generation.
Allied with other generation sources and an integrated electricity grid, 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.
Renewable energy can shield the economy from global price and supply issues associated with fossil fuels. It can help combat climate change. Renewable energy also ties in strongly with New Zealand’s clean and green image around the world, supporting tourism and providing other business opportunities.