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Resource consents for what could be New Zealand’s largest wind farm have been confirmed by the Environment Court following several months of fruitful discussion between Genesis Energy and local community groups.
Genesis Energy’s consents for the wind farm, which is north of Masterton and east of Eketahuna, allow for 286 turbines of up to 860 megawatts in total.Resource consents were lodged with the Masterton and Tararua District Councils and the Greater Wellington and Horizons Regional Councils in August 2011. After a local hearing held by independent commissioners, their decision granting consents was released in June 2012. This decision was appealed to the Environment Court by a number of parties, including Genesis Energy, but all appeals have since been resolved by mutual agreement.The proposed wind farm consents add significant value to Genesis Energy’s already diverse thermal, wind and hydro assets. With a 10 year lapse period and a 10 year construction period, the Castle Hill Wind Farm is a long term development option.The Company has no immediate plans to start construction.More information: www.genesisenergy.co.nz