Fri 13 Nov 2020

New Zealand Offshore Wind Forum

We're excited to work with Venture Taranaki and co-sponsor Ara Ake to present the New Zealand Offshore Wind Forum this December. The event will bring together speakers and perspectives from the New Zealand energy sector, government, and the international stage. 

The aim of the Forum is to stimulate a discussion about the potential of offshore wind for New Zealand, the opportunities it provides for Taranaki and New Zealand, and to explore what the barriers are and what the next steps might be.

Given the need to draw on and understand international experience, the forum is designed to provide for international participants and speakers via video links, recordings, and a pre-forum webinar.

Kyle Hall, Director of WITT’s School of Engineering, Energy & Infrastructure – NZIHT, said WITT was delighted to be involved in the Forum.

“WITT is moving steadily into the renewable energy space, preparing Taranaki to become the centre of New Zealand’s vocational education for engineering and energy," he said.

"Supporting the Offshore Wind Forum makes sense to us; not only does it spark conversation and innovation in the energy space, it means we’re able to work closely with Venture Taranaki and Ara Ake toward the objectives of Taranaki’s 2050 Roadmap and New Zealand’s net zero emissions target."

The need for the event was evident after Venture Taranaki released a discussion paper earlier in the year, highlighting offshore wind as an important energy opportunity for the region.  

The forum will investigate further all the aspects of offshore wind energy in Aotearoa and Taranaki. A key focus will be on the current and future New Zealand energy market, Taranaki’s infrastructure and capabilities, what the global landscape looks like for offshore wind, and include the New Zealand and Australian regulatory environment. 

“The Offshore Wind Forum is an opportunity for Taranaki and New Zealand to showcase our national renewable energy resource, learn from the rest of the world, share world class knowledge, and engage in thought provoking conversations about the role of off-shore wind in the transition to a low emissions future,” says Ara Ake Chief Executive Dr Cristiano Marantes.

“Offshore wind energy is a proven technology being developed and harnessed internationally. This is a considerable resource and if fully developed, could provide sufficient, sustainable energy for New Zealand to meet its projected needs for the next three decades, or support an energy export industry,” continues Justine. 

Many elements need to be considered before any developments can occur. The discussion paper and now the forum are steps forward in supporting the Energy Pathway Action Plan for Taranaki’s 2050 Roadmap. 

“There is a real opportunity to grow offshore wind as a renewable energy resource that could provide large quantities of low-emissions energy while using many of the complementary skills and resources in Taranaki that service the existing energy sector in New Zealand,” Justine said.

To view the New Zealand Offshore Wind Forum agenda and to purchase tickets visit the Offshore Wind Forum page here.