New Zealand’s largest thermal power station is Waikato district-based, at Huntly, and can provide up to 20 per cent of the nation’s total electricity needs. Huntly Power Station can use either coal, gas or both simultaneously as fuel. Coal is sourced from Waikato district-based coal-fields.
The district’s 28-turbine wind-farm is at Te Uku near Raglan. It can generate enough renewable energy each year to fuel around 28,000 average New Zealand homes.
The Waikato is also an important corridor for the Maui gas pipeline stretching from Taranaki to the Huntly Power Station and on to Auckland. There are more than 2,500km of high-pressure transmission pipelines across the North Island of New Zealand and more than half the distribution pipeline and service connections are in the Waikato.
The New Zealand Energy Strategy aims to have 90 per cent of all electricity needs being met by renewable forms of energy by 2025. With the infrastructure and personnel in place, the Waikato is poised to continue playing a key role in the energy sector.
Waikato District Council provides water and wastewater infrastructure services throughout the Waikato district. The council works in conjunction with neighbouring councils in order to maximise efficiencies and manage wastewater and stormwater sustainably. The Council uses a mix of owned and contracted water and waste water assets.
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