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Government hopes to make Green Island truly `green'

CNA , TAIPEI

The Atomic Energy Council (AEC) is planning to renovate power-generating systems on Green Island (綠島) by using renewable energy sources rather than non-renewable fuels, in the hope of making the outlying island truly "green" by the year 2035, an AEC official said earlier this week.

The official said that currently, Green Island only has coal-power units, which are not only costly but also environmentally unfriendly. He noted that the AEC will carry out the plan in two stages. Up until the year 2015, the power supply will be using 60 percent renewable energy at an estimated cost of NT$4 billion (US$1.25 million), while by the year 2035, Green Island will enjoy a 100 percent "green" power supply at an additional cost of NT$10 billion.

According to the AEC, in the first stage, the power supply will rely on wind and solar energy, and in the second, power systems using geothermal and ocean thermal energies will be established.

He explained, however, that the technology for using these energies is still primitive.

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