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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.