By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
State-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) is conducting an investigation on the offshore
wind turbines toppled by Typhoon Soudelor last week, reports said Wednesday.
The typhoon’s powerful gusts of up to 202 to 220 kilometers per hour blew seven of its 18 wind turbines at Taichung’s Gaomei Wetlands to the ground, incurring an estimated NT$460 million (US$14.48 million.) in losses.
There are already widespread speculations about how the turbines could be toppled as they are made to withstand the wind.
According to Li Wen-ping, deputy director of Renewable Energies at Taipower, the preliminary report will be disclosed publicly within two months.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Tien Chiu-chin said although Taiwan imports 97 percent of its energy sources, the government is worried that the damages incurred could lead to other possible causes, hence it has called for an investigation to oversee the matter. [FULL STORY]