Meridian's Makara Wind Farm: Was "Indivisible"
For very good reason, we feel that we cannot trust Meridian Energy; unfortunately they have not shown themselves to be trustworthy. We are very concerned that Meridian Energy be made to comply with conditions that the Court's decision requires; these conditions are likely to require a considerable number of turbines being de-rated and turned off at times. The Court warned Meridian of this. We question how a wind farm where turbines must be de-rated or turned off to protect residents can be "the best internationally".
September 10, 2007
by Makara Guardians
in Scoop Independent News
Jenny Jorgensen, President of Makara Guardians Incorporated said that looking back at Meridian's claims about its proposed wind farm at Makara, should raise alarm bells.
What Meridian said at the start:
* The project was indivisible, it required 70 turbines;
* The site had low wind turbulence;
* Terawhiti Hill which provided 13 suitable sites was not developed as part of Meridian's ‘self-imposed' mitigation;
* The site was "the best internationally";
* "The project had been carefully designed to avoid unacceptable adverse effects on residents and the coastal environment". (a quote from Meridian's pamphlet seeking support); and
* 40,000 pre-ticked (in support),... [continue via Web link]