Thu, Nov 22, 2007 - Page 11 News List

Government to raise percentage of renewable energy

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

The government has drafted a plan to increase renewable energy generation capacity to 10 percent of Taiwan's total power generation capacity and create an annual output value of NT$159 billion (US$4.9 billion) by 2010, a government official said yesterday.

Minister without Portfolio Lin Ferng-ching (林逢慶) made the remarks while speaking on the nation's strategy for renewable energy technology development at the 2007 Strategic Review Board (SRB) meeting, which opened on Monday under the auspices of the Cabinet's Science and Technology Advisory Group.

In line with global energy development trends, the government will seek to integrate all resources to systematically develop renewable energy technologies with a view to stepping up the nation's industrial efficiency, Lin said.

Alex Tong (童遷祥), the deputy director of the Mechanical Industry Research Laboratories under the Industry Technology Research Institute (工研院), emphasized Taiwan's advantageous conditions in wind power technology research and development, saying that Taiwan boasts advanced technologies and a very strong competitive edge in mechanical and electronic parts and components manufacturing.

Noting that Taiwan enjoys abundant wind resources, Tong said that in addition to at least 1,600MW in inland wind power generation potential, the extent of the nation's maritime wind power generation is estimated at roughly 3,200MW -- for a total of 4,800MW.

He said that this would bring NT$200 billion in trade opportunities for investors.

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