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Bringing the Wind

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Rob West
Rob West

With wind power firmly on the agenda for many council and national meetings, hearings and investigations it is important for us to understand its potential. Wind power is being sold as the primary alternative to fossil fuels, with such consistent high winds and potential sites a plenty, New Zealand is primed for its blustery energy source.

With an ever growing need for electricity and a push for coal power stations by the big Key man, we need to look to other forms of energy production for a future of any kind, much less a sustainable one. Wind power can provide a large percentage of this, though of course not all. With thermal power also currently on the programme, we can hope that the numerous applications for wind farms currently getting punished in the vast bureaucracy of local and national government see the light of day again.

Some of the hearings are definitely getting caught up by those inane protests that seem to dangle off the applications like a remora to a whale. With project Hayes going through the Otago system there has been a line of questioning reported concerning the ability of the turbines to function during winter.
This may seem a fair question when in isolation but when it is combined with the large variety of news items concerning Antarctica’s recent bid toward sustainability, it is shown to be some serious time wasting. Various bases on Antarctica have been utilising wind and solar to reduce their carbon footprints.
New Zealand’s Scott Base is a recent addition having turbines built for them by the same company, Meridian, that is building the otago system. Interestingly in the coldest, windiest and driest place in the planet the turbines still work magnificently. Strange that they might struggle in Otago!
So we all know that climate change is happening and extremely bad for you, me and the rest of the planet, and thus converting to a renewable energy source is a positive. However it turns out doing so will save you bucks in the credit crunch. It has been proven throughout Europe to reduce electricity prices by up to 13% (in Denmark) which will go straight to the consumers.
Wind power is on the cards in many offices around the country and should on the lips of many of it’s citizens. Let’s push for wind power.

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