Tekapo power scheme environmental

Genesis Energy communicates its environmental performance with stakeholders on a regular basis.

Resource consents

Genesis Energy holds a number of resource consents which allow for the operation of the Tekapo Power Scheme. Monitoring and reporting to ensure compliance with consent conditions forms a significant part of the operation of the scheme. Genesis Energy also has mitigation agreements in place to manage its effects on the environment. In addition, environmental initiatives have been set up to enhance the surrounding environment and these are over and above the consent related legal obligations.


Genesis Energy produces an annual compliance monitoring report for the Tekapo Power Scheme, which is provided to Council, in addition to other consent reporting requirements throughout the year.

Community meetings

An annual community meeting will be held at Lake Tekapo. These meetings are usually held in October and are notified to as many interested parties as Genesis Energy is aware of.

Environmental mitigation at Tekapo

Genesis Energy has ongoing mitigation responsibilities in relation to the consented activities at the Tongariro Power Scheme. Genesis Energy's Environmental Management Framework details the company's approach to environmental management including mitigation. The current environmental mitigation projects at the Tekapo Power Scheme include:

  • Recreational flows in the Tekapo River and Canoe Course (New Zealand Canoeing Association, Tekapo Whitewater Trust and Whitewater NZ)
  • Project River Recovery - a Department of Conservation initiative, in partnership with Meridian Energy
  • Lake Alexandrina Fishery Enhancement Project (Fish and Game)

Further information

Please contact our environmental team if you have a query regarding environmental management at Genesis Energy. [email protected]

Genesis Energy has a Rivers, Lakes & Rainfall section on this website to ensure that critical details which relate to the water levels in its hydro schemes are always available for the public.

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