Six-fold increase in wind power generation in New Zealand

There will be a six-fold increase of wind farm generation in New Zealand, producing 20 per cent of the country’s electricity by 2030, according to analysis by the New Zealand Wind Energy Association.

NZWEA expects that wind power will grow considerably between 2012 and 2030, to at least 3500 MW capacity from 622 MW.

This is a big increase on the 5 per cent of electricity generated by wind turbines today. More wind powered generation in New Zealand, producing 20 per cent of the country’s electricity

The report ‘Wind Energy 2030: the growing role for Wind Energy in New Zealand’s electricity system’ 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.

“We live in a lucky country with an exceptional wind resource,” says Eric Pyle. “Experienced developers are already seeing wind as the most cost effective way of generating electricity and our ability to deliver lower cost energy is still improving.”

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