A new discussion paper has highlighted offshore wind as an important energy opportunity for the region, and the nation, and calls for further investigation of the resource.

Taranaki's Opportunity

The paper, Offshore Wind – An Energy Opportunity for Taranaki, identifies that locations off the Taranaki coastline, especially South Taranaki, offer a promising potential for generating electricity from offshore wind, based on the strength of the wind resource and suitability from a bathymetric - water depth - perspective. Taranaki’s deep experience in the marine energy environment also makes it a natural fit for this increasingly-deployed renewable energy source.

The paper highlights opportunities and hurdles in making such an option a reality for New Zealand, including the infrastructure and processes required, consumer demand and economics, the technologies involved, international developments, and the broad range of social, environmental, regulatory and other considerations which would need to be assessed in more detail to enable this new energy source for New Zealand to be developed.

Offshore Wind Report

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Offshore Wind
Offshore Wind Report

Offshore Wind Forum

On the seventh and ninth of December 2020 Venture Taranaki, together with sponsors Ara Ake and WITT, held the first New Zealand Offshore Wind Forum.

The forum involved New Zealand and international participants, and explored and discussed all aspects of the potential for offshore wind in Aotearoa, and what is happening in this space globally.

The forum also included a pre-cursor zoom webinar to discuss The Global Wind Story. For more information about the forum please contact [email protected]

Pre-Forum Zoom Webinar - 7 December 2020
The Global Wind Story

Bruce Valpy, Managing Director and Founder at BVG Associates Ltd UK – 2mins

Bruno Geschier, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Ideol – 21mins

Gillian Cagney, President - Australia & New Zealand at Worley – 41mins

Erin Coldham, Chief Development officer at Star of the South – 56mins

Thomas Wibe Poulsen, Partner, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partner – 1hr 22min 30sec

New Zealand Offshore Wind Forum, 9 December 2020

Karakia and welcome            
Phil Nixon, Taranaki Mayoral Forum Chair (South Taranaki Mayor) and Justine Gilliland, Venture Taranaki CE

Part 1 – New Zealand Energy Market

Energy policy, regulatory and market landscape ​17mins​
Briony Bennett, Senior Policy Advisor at Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment                       

New Zealand’s future energy needs 59mins 16secs​
Dr Daniel Gnoth, Senior Data Scientist at Powerco
New Zealand’s future electricity needs 1hr 14mins 17secs​
Dave Smith, System Planning Manager at Transpower
New Zealand offshore wind opportunity in a carbon-constrained global energy market 1hr 37mins 11secs
Andrew Revfeim, Director and Principal Advisor at Elemental

Infrastructure: Connectivity of offshore wind to the grid 2hr 6mins 11secs​
Dave Smith, System Planning Manager at Transpower

Part 2 - Taranaki Opportunity and Capabilities     

The Taranaki wind opportunity - 1min 50sec
Ian Mason, Canterbury University

Offshore wind and the hydrogen journey - 13mins 07secs
Andrew Clennett, CEO of Hiringa Energy
Infrastructure: Port capabilities - 44mins​
Ross Dingle, Head of Commercial at Port Taranaki
O&G supply chain: Engineering and specialist tech and offshore experience - 56mins 30secs
Matt Gavin, General Manager of Major Projects at Dialog Fitzroy
Energy pathway and talent creation and retention - 1hr 07mins 05secs​
Ellie Khaghanikavkani, Lead Energy & Principal Academic Staff at Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki

Legislation Learning

New Zealand Government's low emission vision 
Minister Woods, Minister of Energy and Resources                                      

Iwi consideration - 1hr 39mins 01secs
Jamie Tuuta, Venture Taranaki Chair

Taranaki Regional Council regulatory environment (under 12 nautical miles) - 2hr 01mins 20secs
Grace Marcroft, Policy Analyst at Taranaki Regional Council
Environmental Protection Authority regulatory environment (over 12 nautical miles) 
- 2hr 16mins 43secs
Ben Moginie, Senior Advisor Land & Oceans Applications at Environmental Protection Authority

Vision of success for NZ Offshore Wind market - 2hr 25mins 22secs
Jarek Pole, General Manager at Independent Power

Australia’s Legislative Insight - 2hr 36mins 50secs
Belinda Wilson, Offshore Renewable Energy Manager at Australian Government
Ara Ake Workshop 
- 2hr 48mins 29secs
Stacey Hitchcock, facilitator
Karakia and closing

New Zealand Offshore Wind Forum - Part 2