In October 2007, in accordance with section 46 of the RMA, the Minister for the Environment sought comments from relevant iwi authorities and a range of stakeholders on the notion of an NPS for renewable electricity generation. 

In March 2008 consultation workshops and meetings were held with representatives of local government, the generators and other key stakeholders.  The purpose of this consultation was to gather feedback on the potential scope and detail of the proposed NPS.  The feedback received during this consultation led to a major change in policy direction, away from targets and policy aimed at particular generation types towards a framework focusing more generally on the benefits of renewable electricity generation. 

Consultation was undertaken with departments in May and June of 2008 and the draft NPS was refined to increase clarity and to introduce explicit support for small and community scale renewable electricity generation. 

During the section 32 evaluation process, representatives of generation companies and particularly relevant district and regional councils were consulted on the likely effect of the draft NPS.  The results of this consultation were used to refine the policies and to inform the evaluation of costs and benefits associated with the proposed NPS. 

Agencies consulted by the Ministry for the Environment were: Department of Building and Housing, New Zealand Defence Force, Department of Internal Affairs, Department of Conservation, Land Information New Zealand, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Health, Te Puni Kōkiri, Treasury, Ministry of Justice, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet was informed of the policy development process associated with this NPS