Wind technologies are expected to supply 20% of New Zealand’s electricity by 2030, according to a new report. The country’s Government has also aimed for 90% of the energy to be generated from renewables by 2025.
The report ‘Wind Energy 2030: the growing role for Wind Energy in New Zealand’s electricity system’ highlights the expected increase of wind power generation in the nation by 2030 – from 622MW to at least 3,500MW – providing more than 1,500 jobs.
Eric Pyle, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Wind Energy Association said: “Experienced developers are already seeing wind as the most cost effective way of generating electricity and our ability to deliver lower cost energy is still improving.
“By producing low cost electricity wind brings benefits to the New Zealand economy and household bills; it brings jobs and earnings to rural communities and provides opportunities to export our skills.”
The report was prepared by consultancy firm BERL.