Speculation that plans to establish a wind farm near Moawhango will go ahead now that Meridian Energy has dropped plans for a wind farm in Central Otago have been quashed.
"There have been no decisions made that would see this project advance to the build phase at present," Meridian's external communications manager Claire Shaw said. "But Central Wind remains one of the options in our renewable generation portfolio that we will build when the market conditions are right."
In January 2010 Meridian was granted resource consent to build the 52-turbine Central Wind farm between Moawhango and Waiouru.
Meridian's website states: "The site has all the features we look for in a wind farm, including consistently strong wind. It is expected that turbines at the site would generate electricity about 90 per cent of the time."
Central Wind would generate up to 119.6 megawatts, producing enough electricity each year for about 50,000 average New Zealand homes.