NZ Herald: Sea to provide power for 250,000 homes

A New Zealand Herald piece about plans to harness power generated by sea turbines.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“Crest Energy plans to spend $600 million on sinking 200 tidal power turbines to the seabed of the harbour entrance, creating New Zealand’s first tide-driven power station.

“The project will start with 20 turbines.

“Last month, Todd Energy said it was taking a 30 per cent stake in Crest, which aims to be fully operational within nine years generating 200MW of power, enough to supply 250,000 homes.

“But in an interim decision, the Environment Court says Crest Energy must do further work, mainly to satisfy concerns about the turbines interfering with the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin and the important snapper fishery on the west coast of the North Island.”