The wind industry in New Zealand is changing as we see a hesitation in new development. Globally, however, this is not the case. 44,000MW of wind generation was installed around the world in 2012 - five times New Zealand’s entire electricity system.
Innovation in the wind sector is still occurring in NZ. Now is the time to take advantage of the lull in NZ wind development to streamline and target efficiencies in procedures, data analytics, forecasting, training, and maintenance. The industry is also broadening out to become more diversified, taking advantage of the skills and expertise developed here to meet opportunities in medium-scale development and lower wind speed turbines in NZ and larger-scale installation overseas.
The 2014 conference in Wellington from 14-16 April, is the industry’s chance to explore the opportunities and challenges in fulfilling its potential internationally and growing the local renewables sector to 90% of generation by 2025.
Keynote speakers: Michael T Eckhart, Managing Director of Citi Corporate and Investment Banking, who will speak about 'Global Investment in Renewable Energy', Dr Jenny Riesz, from the Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets at the University of New South Wales who will present ‘Wind as the New Baseload’, Chris Karamea Insley, from the Climate Change Iwi Leadership Group, who will discuss ‘Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Maori Development’, and