Plan under way to boost wind power

ON TARGET?Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Yang Wei-fu said 22 proposals for wind farms could bring NT$1.8 trillion in investment and provide 10.2 gigawatts

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 02, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

A four-year plan is under way to increase wind power generation as part of efforts to increase energy generated from “renewable” sources to 20 percent by 2025, the Cabinet said yesterday.

The plan aims to increase the nation’s wind power generation capacity by 32 percent to 1.3 gigawatts by 2020, with land-based capacity increased to 814 megawatts and offshore capacity to 520 megawatts, it said.

It is a primary step to achieving the goal of increasing wind power capacity to 4.2 gigawatts and producing 14 billion units of electricity every year by 2025, which, if successful, would create 10,000 jobs and bring NT$613.5 billion (US$20.37 billion) in investments, Bureau of Energy Director-General Lin Chuan-neng (林全能) said.

“The key to developing wind energy lies in harvesting offshore wind energy, because the development of land-based wind farms is nearing completion,” Lin said.

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