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High wind gusts recorded

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News release
20 August 2004

High wind gusts recorded

If you didn’t already know, it was a windy week. Greater Wellington Regional Council has recent wind speed data from three of its potential wind farm sites.

Greater Wellington has been investigating potential sites on council lands for wind-energy generation in the past year.

High wind gusts were recorded at the three sites in the early hours of Wednesday, 18 August. At the Belmont Regional Park site the maximum gust was 182kms per hour.

Wind speed recording instrumentation at the Puketiro site, above the Battle Hill Farm Forest Park, recorded a maximum speed of 137km an hour.

On the Mount Climie ridge to the east of Upper Hutt the maximum wind speed was 165km an hour. Greater Wellington’s renewable energy project manager, Murray Kennedy said that slightly higher speeds had been recorded at Mount Climie during northerly winds. He added that while the high wind speed gusts were of interest, wind turbines were normally controlled so they stopped producing energy when the wind speed gets to the 90-110km an hour range. This is a safety feature to protect the equipment.


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