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Lake Benmore hydroelectric dam

Lake Benmore hydroelectric dam

New Zealand’s largest artificial lake, Lake Benmore, was formed behind the Benmore power station. Capable of generating 540 megawatts of energy, Benmore is the country’s second largest hydroelectric station after Manapōuri. Benmore power station is just one of eight along the Waitaki River in the central South Island.

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Veronika Meduna, 'Wind and solar power - Renewable energy in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Veronika Meduna, published 12 Jun 2006