17 Apr 2015

Why have NZ's wave power projects stalled?

From Nine To Noon, 9:35 am on 17 April 2015

The world's first wave power station connected to the grid is up an running in Western Australia, where it is supplying energy to the country's largest naval base. But in New Zealand several planned tidal and wave power projects have been put on hold, including a major tidal power scheme for Kaipara Harbour that was granted consent and would have supplied enough power for a quarter of a million homes, and a planned Cook Strait turbine, which was also granted resource consent, but has also stalled. Craig Stevens, Chair of the Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association, Awatea; and a marine physicist at NIWA.