Hauauru ma raki
|Hauāuru mā raki|
|Location||Between Port Waikato and Raglan, Waikato|
(Contact Energy / Wind Farm Group joint venture)
|Site area||168 km2 (65 sq mi)|
|Units operational||168 (maximum)|
|Nameplate capacity||504 MW|
|Annual gross output||1,440 GWh|
It will extend 34 km along the coast between Port Waikato and Raglan. The project covers an area of 168 square kilometres (65 sq mi) and has a capacity of up to 504 MW. The wind farm will be owned and operated by Contact Wind Ltd, a joint venture between national electricity generator Contact Energy and the local Wind Farm Group. The project will provide around 1440 GWh of electricity per year, equivalent to 180,000 homes.
Contact Energy applied for resource consents in June 2008. At that time, the first electricity from the wind farm was planned for 2013 with the project due for completion by 2016. In 2013, Contact announced that it planned to exit the project.
In September 2008, the Energy Minister "called in" the project, meaning that instead of going though the standard resource consent process, the decision will be made by an independent board of enquiry. The move is possible if a project is considered to be of "national significance", and is generally (but rarely) used when the decision on an important project might otherwise be held up for a long time due to the standard process.
The Board of Inquiry established to consider the proposal was chaired by Environment Court judge Jeffrey Allan Smith. Other members of the Board were Dr Diane Menzies, Ms Gina Rangi and Mr John Lumsden. Hearings commenced on 27 April 2009 at Tuakau. In May, Contact requested a 12-month adjournment of proceedings to enable time to compile additional details requested by the Board of Inquiry.
In May 2011, the Board granted resource consents for the project, with conditions limiting the turbines to a height of 150m and three blades of up to 50m length.
- Bruce Holloway (2007-10-17). "Thumbs-up to huge wind farm". Waikato Times. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
- "Hauãuru mã raki waikato wind farm project description" (PDF). Contact Energy Limited. June 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
- "Mallard calls in Raglan wind farm decision". The New Zealand Herald. 27 August 2008.
- "Diverse asset and fuel position and a focus on efficiency lift results" (PDF) (Press release). Contact Energy. 20 August 2013.
- "Board of Inquiry - Hauāuru mā raki Wind Farm Proposal". Ministry for the Environment.
- Jeff Neems (16 May 2009). "Opponents claim wind-farm win". Waikato Times.
- "Massive wind farm gets green light". NZ Herald. 27 May 2011.