Policy 3-6: Renewable energy^
  1. The Regional Council and Territorial Authorities^ must have particular regard to:
    1. the benefits of the use and development of renewable energy^ resources including:
      1. contributing to reduction in greenhouse gases,
      2. reduced dependency on imported energy sources,
      3. reduced exposure to fossil fuel price volatility, and
      4. security of supply for current and future generations,
    2. the Region's potential for the use and development of renewable energy^ resources, and
    3. the need for renewable energy^ activities to locate where the renewable energy^ resource is located, and
    4. the benefits of enabling the increased generation capacity and efficiency of existing renewable electricity generation facilities, and
    5. the logistical or technical practicalities associated with developing, upgrading, operating or maintaining an established renewable electricity generation activity.
  2. The Regional Council and Territorial Authorities^ must generally not restrict the use of small domestic-scale renewable energy^ production for individual domestic use.

Policy 3-7: Energy efficiency*
  1. The Regional Council and Territorial Authorities^ must have particular regard to the efficient end use of energy in consent decision-making processes for large users of energy.
  2. Territorial Authority^ decisions and controls on subdivision and housing, including layout of the site* and layout of the lots in relation to other houses/subdivisions, must encourage energy-efficient house design and access to solar energy.
  3. Territorial Authority^ decisions and controls on subdivision and land^ use must ensure that sustainable transport options such as public transport, walking and cycling can be integrated into land^ use development.