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Speech to New Zealand Wind Energy Association
Thank you for the opportunity to address your annual conference. It’s great to be here. Your industry is an exciting one – 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’s so good about this is wind energy is renewable energy, with the attendant environmental benefits this brings.