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Lake Tekapo during a winter drought

Lake Tekapo during a winter drought

Lake Tekapo is one of the southern hydro lakes that act as a reservoir for power stations along the Waitaki River. In winter 2002 lake levels dropped to almost two-thirds of their permitted range. The government, concerned that the national electricity grid would not be able to satisfy the winter demand, ran an advertising campaign asking consumers for 10% savings in electricity consumption until the lakes had recovered their storage capacity.

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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