Resource Management Act (RMA)

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Last updated: 31 July 2012
The general purpose of the Resource Management Act (RMA) is to promote sustainable management. The act is therefore favourable towards increased deployment of new renewable energy resources to meet community needs. However, areas that require protection can continue to constrain sites for wind power, hydro electric or other developments. Moreover, the RMA requires plans to identify specific resources for protection or preservation, which may be inconsistent with, for example, wind farms in economically attractive wind resource areas. An amendment is being debated to enable greenhouse gas mitigation projects to become more acceptable than under the current legislation.

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