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FEATURE: Wind power requirements raise concerns

By Natasha Li  /  Staff reporter

The main difficulty of a skilled workforce is attracting talent, which requires a lot of marketing and education from the developers on the supply chain to provide people with incentives to partake in the industry.

For developers and investors, the least amount of localization the better, as they could build a global supply chain at the lowest costs, Harries said.

“Taiwan is an interesting dilemma where it has already started with localization … so for a lot of the supply chain you’d need that to continue,” Harries said, adding that there could be financial concerns for the local companies already involved if the local content requirement was removed.

In Taiwan, the debate is between the higher prices paid for local content versus the industry’s global competitiveness, he said.

Taiwan is 98 percent dependent on imported fuels to meet its energy demand.

As of the end of 2017, renewable energy accounted for 4.6 percent of total electricity generation, while 85.9 percent was generated by thermal power and 8.3 percent by nuclear power, Bureau of Energy Acting Director-General Lee Chun-Li (李君禮) said.

Onshore and offshore wind power generated 14 percent of electricity from renewable sources, the bureau’s data showed.

The government aims to have renewable sources comprise 20 percent of the nation’s energy makeup by 2025, with offshore wind power generating electricity of 20.7 terawatt hours (Twh) of electricity, or one-third of the 60.2 TWh renewable electricity supply, Lee said.

Offshore wind power capacity is set to increase to 5,738MW by 2025 from 8MW in 2017, the bureau said.

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