As expected, Meridian announced today that they are going ahead with their windfarm at Makara near Wellington.

After going through a long and arduous consent process to get where they are today, one would have been shocked with any other decision. Meridian has accepted the environment court decision cutting the total number of turbines by four.

Wind power is a good thing and this farm, planned to fulfill the total electricity needs of Wellington city – is an example of a good outcome for sustainable, renewable energy.

The cost and length of the consent process does however beg several questions regarding New Zealand’s regulatory framework but that’s a topic for another time!

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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