The New Zealand government supports the development of new and renewable energy technologies. In 1996, renewable energy provided 33% of New Zealand's total consumer energy demand. Nearly all this renewable
energy (97%) comes from 'traditional' generation sources, mainly large-scale hydro development (60%) although some comes from firewood in homes, wood processing wastes in industry and geothermal developments.
Zealand's climatic, geographic and other factors make conditions favourable for many new and renewable energy projects. The new and renewable energy technologies which are most likely to make an increased contribution
within the next decade are: biomass, in the form of wood processing residues, domestic firewood supplies and forest arisings; wind power via wind farms; passive solar building design; and new small hydro schemes.