Meridian Energy maintains a portfolio of potential new power generation sites across New Zealand.
These sites have been through a public resource consent process.
Harapaki wind project
The site for our proposed Harapaki wind farm is located within the Maungaharuru Range in Hawke’s Bay, approximately 35km northwest of Napier.
The site consists of two adjacent wind farm sites (Hawke’s Bay Wind Farm and Titiokura Wind Farm) that were originally consented in 2006 to Hawke’s Bay Wind Farm Ltd and Unison Network Ltd.
In 2010, Meridian purchased the consents for both sites. Since then, Meridian has spent a significant amount of time researching the site, studying its wind patterns and geography to determine the best layout that would complement the landscape while optimising the wind resource.
As of 2019, Meridian has approval from the Hastings District Council to construct and commission a 41-turbine wind farm. No confirmed start date has been set for construction.
Once operational, the wind farm will deliver enough renewable energy to power around 70,000 average homes, supporting New Zealand’s goal of reducing carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.
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Hurunui wind project
The Hurunui site is located in North Canterbury, approximately 60km north of Christchurch. The wind farm would generate up to 70 megawatts, producing enough electricity each year for about 32,000 average New Zealand homes.
In April 2013, the Environment Court granted Meridian resource consent for the proposed wind farm, and following a period of negotiations, a final set of conditions was issued in November 2013. The consent has a 10 year lapse date.
There are currently no plans to construct this project as lower demand growth for electricity in the South Island means fewer new generation projects will be required in the short to medium term. As such, the decision to construct the wind farm will be determined by market conditions and on the basis that the business case for the project meets our investment requirements.
- March 2010 - Meridian begins consultation with surrounding neighbours and wider community
- February 2011 - Meridian applies for resource consents with the Hurunui District Council and Environment Canterbury
- January 2012 - Meridian files its evidence in the Environment Court
- August 2012 - The hearing for this proposal started in late August
- April 2013 - Environment Court issues resource consent
- November 2013 - Environment Court issues final consent conditions
Central Wind project
The Central Wind site is located in the North Island, between Waiouru and Taihape.
The consented wind farm would generate up to a maximum of approximately 130 megawatts, producing enough electricity each year for about 50,000 average New Zealand homes.
In 2010 Environment Court approval for the project was secured, and in 2015 a five year extension to the consent lapsing date was approved. Low demand growth of electricity in New Zealand has meant that construction of this project has not yet taken place.
However, work continues to ensure this project remains a viable option for Meridian to proceed with in the future, when market conditions are right.
Pukaki hydro project
The Pukaki Hydro project is a hydroelectricity power station that would be located at the southern end of Lake Pukaki in the Mackenzie District.
The project promotes the efficient use of potential energy that is otherwise lost when water flows from Lake Pukaki through the ‘Gate 18’ control gates and into the Pukaki Canal (whereupon it flows to the Ohau A power station). The hydro station would generate up to 35 megawatts, producing enough electricity each year for about 10,000 average New Zealand homes.
Resource consents were granted in June 2011 with a 10 year lapse period. At this stage there is no planned construction date for the project – the timing depends on future demand for electricity.
Sites under investigation
These sites have not been through a resource consent process and are at an early stage of investigation.
Mt Munro wind project
The Mt Munro site is in the northern Wairarapa region, approximately 5km south of Eketahuna.
Wind monitoring has been undertaken on this site since late 2009 and the studies to identify and quantify the potential effects on the environment have also been completed. The wind farm would have a maximum output of 60-70 megawatts and connect to a nearby national grid transmission line. Resource consents for this project have not yet been secured.