FEATURE: Taiwan’s ‘Energiewende’ – Developing Renewable Energy

Massive investment in solar and wind power will be needed if Taiwan is to phase out nuclear energy at the same time as meeting its carbon abatement commitments.

The News Lens
Date: 2016/10/22
By: Timothy Ferry

The “Energiewende” – energy transformation – of Germany’s power supply has vaulted that industrial

Image Credit: Cargo / ImageZoo / Corbis / 達志影像

Image Credit: Cargo / ImageZoo / Corbis / 達志影像

giant to the forefront of global renewable energy development. Anxiety about nuclear energy in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster, as well as concerns with global warming and energy security, led Germany in 1991 to enact the Feed-in Act, the world’s first national Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) employed to stimulate investment in alternative energy.

Germany now generates some 30% of its total electricity from renewable energies, including solar, wind, biofuels, and hydro. It is also a leader in the manufacture, design, R&D, and installation of renewable energy facilities, and its renewable energy policies serve as reference for the rest of the world.

Taiwan is now on the path towards its own Energiewende that is in some ways even more ambitious than Germany’s.    [FULL  STORY]

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