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Wind power in New Zealand Wind is the youngest existing electricity power source in New Zealand and the fastest growing power source. Wind power in New Zealand generates a small but growing proportion of the country's electricity. The country is in the path New zealands economy the Roaring Fortiesstrong and constant westerly winds, and the funneling effect of Cook Strait and the Manawatu Gorge increase the resource's potential.
These effects make the Lower North Island the main region for wind generation. About 70 percent of the nation's current installed capacity lies within this region, with some turbines have a capacity factor of over 50 percent in this area. Wind power in New Zealand shares the difficulties typical to other nations uneven wind strengths, ideal locations often remote from power demand areas.
The Tararua Wind Farm averages slightly more than this. The North Island generates nearly all of New Zealand's fossil-fuelled electricity.
The discovery of natural gas off the Taranaki coast, and the oil crises of the s, saw oil-fueled stations converted to gas operation or mothballed, while gas-fired stations proliferated, especially in Taranaki and Auckland, well into the s.
Only in recent years has coal made a comeback, as Taranaki gas has slowly depleted. Today, there are three major fossil-fuelled stations in New Zealand. Smaller gas- and coal-fuelled industrial generators are found across New Zealand and especially in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, and Taranaki.
Diesel-fuelled generation using internal combustion engines is popular in hinterland New Zealand where the national network doesn't reach, such as on offshore islands, alpine huts, sparsely populated areas and isolated homes and farm sheds.
Diesel fuel suitable for generators is readily available across the country at petrol stations — diesel is not taxed at the petrol pump in New Zealand, and instead diesel-powered vehicles pay Road User Charges based on their gross tonnage and distance travelled.
As of none of the power generators appear to be committed to the construction of any new fossil-fuelled power stations.
Marine[ edit ] New Zealand is considered to have abundant marine energy resources, although these are yet to be tapped.
Nuclear[ edit ] Despite popular belief, it is not illegal under New Zealand's nuclear-free legislation to build or operate a nuclear power station — the legislation covers only nuclear-propelled ships, nuclear explosive devices and radioactive waste.
Inthe plans were dropped as the discovery of Maui gas meant there was no immediate need to embark on a nuclear programme. Transmission[ edit ] The major transmission network.
Blue circles are generation centres. Red circles are load centres. Black lines are major AC transmission corridors.
The national grid is owned, operated and maintained by state-owned enterprise Transpower New Zealand. Nelson and Marlborough, the last regions, joined the national grid in Data and research on economy including economic outlooks, analysis and forecasts, country surveys, monetary and financial issues, public finance and fiscal policy and productivity., New Zealand - Economic forecast summary.
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The economy of New Zealand is the 53rd-largest national economy in the world when measured by nominal gross domestic product (GDP) and the 68th-largest in the world when measured by purchasing power parity (PPP).
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