Meridian Energy is disappointed consents for its proposed $2 billion Project Hayes wind farm have been declined by the Environment Court, but has not yet decided whether to appeal to the High Court, a spokesman says.
Major wind farms could still become a feature of Otago and Southland landscapes. TrustPower's board is expected next month to approve the first stage of its Mahinerangi project, near Dunedin, and it is feeling more comfortable about the Kaiwera Downs project near Gore.
Otago's first wind-generated electricity is likely to be produced by the end of this week.
Almost $12 million has been spent by Meridian Energy so far on its proposed north bank tunnel power scheme on the lower Waitaki River.
There is no one solution to New Zealand's energy supply issues but a group of Otago scientists believes investing in "diversity" will go a long way towards easing them.
Aurora Energy Ltd has been given resource consent for a $2.5 million upgrade of power lines along Riverbank Rd and Cardrona Valley Rd at Wanaka.
Aurora Energy Ltd acting chief executive Grady Cameron says Central Otago only has itself to blame for the fact it has residents struggling to pay power bills.
Power retail companies got the blame at a public meeting in Alexandra last night when about 360 angry residents demanded answers about the high and rising cost of electricity.
Otago residents should make their views on power prices heard in an effort to reduce skyrocketing electricity bills, Central Otago Mayor Malcolm Macpherson says.
Energy officials have been asked to examine whether heating and insulation companies are putting up prices to take advantage of a Government scheme.
Meridian Energy Ltd is preparing for a major engineering feasibility study into its proposed Waitaki River north bank tunnel power scheme to finalise the design, derive an up-to-date costing and determine its commercial viability.
Transpower plans a $155 million upgrade of key transmission lines between the Clutha River and the Waitaki River to cater for approved and potential wind generation projects.
New Zealand needs more electricity and a new power scheme on the lower Waitaki River would enhance existing generation in the Waitaki Valley and make it more efficient, the Environment Court was told yesterday.
The Commerce Commission has decided to refuse a request from electricity grid operator Transpower to pass on costs of backup generation.
The Government is urging people to visit its Powerswitch website and make sure they aren't paying more for electricity than they need to during the winter.
Pioneer Generation wants the door left open for hydro development, even though it has "no present plans" to establish a power station on the Nevis River, a hearing in Cromwell was told yesterday.
Despite freezing power prices for customers in Christchurch and Wellington, Contact Energy has no immediate plans to offer the same deal in Otago.
David Parker opposes hydro dams on the Nevis River, and was against Project Aqua on the Waitaki.
Contact Energy is expecting full-year underlying earnings after tax to fall by as much as a third.
Central Otago power company Pioneer Generation is building another hydro-electricity station on the Teviot River, to provide electricity for Alexandra and Roxburgh residents.