Meridian scraps plans for 633MW New Zealand wind farm

New Zealand’s Meridian Energy has scrapped plans for a 633MW wind farm after a five-year planning battle.

Meridian says it is withdrawing consent applications for the proposed NZ$2bn ($1.6bn) wind farm, known as Project Hayes, following a review of its renewable development portfolio.

The development in the Central Otago region of New Zealand's South Island would have been the nation’s biggest wind farm.

But the 176-turbine project encountered determined opposition because of its location in an area of natural beauty.

Meridian launched the project in 2006 and won local planning consents the following year. But appeals forced the project back to New Zealand’s Environmental Court and it has remained Log in to read complete article.

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