Meridian loses Lakes Hayes Wind farm appeal

Free audio stream, including stories that are padlocked on our site. Listen on any device, anywhere. Updated twice daily. The audio stream takes several seconds to start on Android devices.

Launch Radio player

Meridian Energy has lost its appeal for its Project Hayes wind farm project in the Lammermore Range in Central Otago.

The company planned to build 176 wind turbines over a 92 km ² area in the Lammermore Range in Central Otago, making it the biggest wind farm in the country. The project would have generated 630MW of electricity.

The company applied for resource consents from the Central Otago District Council in July 2006. The council granted the consents, but the decision was appealed to the Environment Court by local conservation and environmental groups.

The split decision by the Environment Court may effectively spell an end to the project as appeals against a decision of the Environment Court are possible only on points of law.

Meridian spokesman Alan Seay said that the company was disappointed by the decision but was still studying the 350 page decision, and was not commenting on whether or on what grounds it might appeal.

 


Got a question about this story? Leave it in Comments & Questions below.

This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags

Comments & Questions

Commenter icon key: Subscriber Verified

Post New comment or question

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

Sym Price Change
USD 0.7304 -0.0009 -0.12%
AUD 0.9340 -0.0001 -0.01%
EUR 0.6676 0.0011 0.17%
GBP 0.4726 0.0001 0.02%
HKD 5.6621 -0.0036 -0.06%
JPY 88.9130 0.0110 0.01%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1204.0 -0.520 2015-05-22T00:
Oil Brent 65.9 1.310 2015-05-22T00:
Oil Nymex 59.7 -1.040 2015-05-22T00:
Silver Index 17.0 -0.081 2015-05-22T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 5795.0 5800.4 5795.0 0.05%
NASDAQ 5085.4 5103.8 5090.8 -0.03%
DAX 11881.5 11881.8 11864.6 -0.42%
DJI 18286.9 18286.9 18285.7 -0.29%
FTSE 7013.5 7061.7 7013.5 0.26%
HKSE 28462.3 28524.6 27992.8 1.21%
NI225 20431.3 20456.4 20413.8 -0.07%