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Speech to New Zealand Wind Energy Association
Thank you for the opportunity to address your annual conference. It‚Äôs great to be here. Your industry is an exciting one ‚Äì with its challenges, and opportunities.
To get a sense of this, I am going to start by taking us all back a few years.
In 1993, New Zealand got its first wind power turbine prototype. Over a few short years, the technology moved into the mainstream and its growth is now consistently in double digits.
Not bad in just 20 years.
Today, wind power makes up 4.5% of our power, and growing.
What‚Äôs so good about this is wind energy is renewable energy, with the attendant environmental benefits this brings.