WEL Networks, a community trust-owned lines company operating in the Waikato region, is undertaking a NZ$2.5 million feasibility study for a 140 MW wind farm in Raglan, in the western part of its service region. WEL believes the site would support 24, 3 MW turbines. While the study is not due to be completed until early next year, the company hopes to file its application for resource consent by late 2006. Providing the application is granted, WEL expects the NZ$140 million Te Uku wind farm to be operational by late 2008, generating electricity for NZ$0.7-0.8/kWh. The company says that discounts for locals could result and the wind farm would increase reliability of supply in a rural area where lines have been cut by tree falls and floods.
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