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Positive response to plans for 25 MW in Wellington

Plans for a 25 MW wind farm in the Wellington region, consisting of 22 turbines, have been positively received by the public, according to Greater Wellington Regional Council's Andrew Cutler. At the end of the initial public consultation process, a good majority of the 1303 submissions commenting on the proposals were positive, he says. The council wants to use its water catchment land for wind generation, with the front-runners at this stage being the Puketiro area, along with Belmont Regional Park. Although it still has to go through a further public hearing process, Cutler says the council is optimistic the good support shown to date will continue. It expects to issue a tender seeking commercial development partners towards the end of the year, he adds, noting interest in the NZ$50 million (EUR 28.5 million) project has already been expressed from at least six potential developers. If it proceeds, the project is scheduled for completion in 2008/9.

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