The Government has announced its National Policy Statement on Renewable Electricity Generation (NPS) under the Resource Management Act 1991 to encourage investment in wind, geothermal, hydro, and tidal power. From 13 May 2011, decision-makers on resource consent applications must have regard to the provisions of the NPS, regardless of when the application was lodged.

The NPS requires local authorities, unless they have already provided for renewable electricity generation activities, to give effect to its provisions by notifying changes to existing or proposed regional policy statements and plans by 13 May 2013.

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