Following a thorough review of the economic, market and regulatory conditions, in August 2013 Contact Energy announced that it would not proceed in the foreseeable future with the Waitahora wind generation development project.
The Waitahora project would be located in the Puketoi Range, near Dannevirke in Southern Hawke's Bay.
With up to 58 individual wind turbines consented, the wind farm could generate enough clean, renewable electricity to power up to 70,000 average homes.
Contact originally applied for consents for the Waitahora wind farm in August 2008. Following a Commissioners decision declining the application, Contact significantly refined the project to further reduce environmental effects and address many of the concerns raised by the local residents. For example, there will be significantly less traffic on some roads and the visual and amenity effects were reduced by removing several turbines.
The project was heard by the Environment Court in October 2010 and in November 2010 it overturned the original decision and granted all the consents and turbine locations sought by Contact Energy.