Lake Mahinerangi is down more than 4m on its average level, but there is no crisis, a TrustPower spokesman says.
The power squeeze has cost the country's biggest user over $12 million in lost production and an industry group has warned all businesses are going to be hurt by fallout from the threatened crisis.
National MP Nick Smith has written to the Commerce Commission over Meridian Energy's claim it is carbon neutral.
Some of New Zealanders' energy problems could be solved by the hot rocks under their feet, geologists say.
Rain and snow in Otago over the weekend have given only limited respite to low hydro-electricity lake levels as the threat of a power shortage looms.
A power saving campaign is ready to be launched on television this weekend, but Energy Minister David Parker says there isn't a crisis and the lights won't go out this winter.
Dunedin company Powerhouse Wind's presentation of its small-scale wind turbine prototype, unveiled at Otago Polytechnic on Thursday, got an enthusiastic reception.
Rather than focusing on a "gloomy" post-peak oil future, a trio of Dunedin engineers is looking to pluck some positives out of thin air.
Record electricity spot prices in May have spurred renewed calls for the Government to launch an immediate national power savings campaign.
There appears little prospect of rain soon filling southern hydroelectricity lakes, but unless rain falls within three weeks, a concentrated power conservation campaign will begin.
Save Central president Grahame Sydney says his anti-wind farm group would welcome further donations similar to that made by businessman and former All Black captain David Kirk.
No towers will be built for Transpower's planned grid upgrade in Central Otago.
No-one claims wind energy has no impacts, but it has fewer effects on fewer people than any other form of electricity generation, argues Fraser Clark.
The Electricity Commission says definitions around baseload power generation should not be nailed down in the Government's climate change bill.
Emotions ran high today as Folole Muliaga's husband recalled being forced to spend the night after his wife died in the dark because the power was not reconnected.
The South Island does not need more hydro-generated electricity but it desperately needs electricity from alternative sources, such as wind, Waitaki First chairwoman Helen Brookes said yesterday.
Rio Tinto's threat of closing the Bluff aluminum smelter is an attempt to shift the cost of the plant's greenhouse emissions to the taxpayer, Minister Responsible for Climate Change David Parker said in Oamaru last night.
High wholesale electricity prices are likely to be reflected in a much improved fourth quarter profit for energy company TrustPower.
Trustpower, reeling from a ballooning bill for the Environment Court hearing into the Mahinerangi wind farm, says the process has been hijacked by a lobby group and a competitor, and ratepayers and electricity users will be the financial losers.
A suggestion the Environment Court was picking the number of turbines for the Mahinerangi wind farm was given a swift rebuke yesterday.