Alliance formed to help with Taiwan’s offshore wind energy development

Taipei, An alliance of eight major offshore wind farm companies was established in Taiwan on Wednesday to help develop the industry, as the country advances its plans to increase offshore wind power.

One of the main aims of the Taiwan Offshore Wind Industry Association (TOWIA) is to facilitate green energy discussions among government officials, private companies and the public, said Marina Hsu (許乃文), chairwoman of the new association.

In the long term, TOWIA said, it hopes to help build sustainable wind power supply chains in Taiwan by forging deeper cooperation between industry and academia.

Proposed in 2019, TOWIA comprises key industry players such as Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, wpd Taiwan Energy Co., and Copenhagen Infrastructure Wind Power Development Taiwan Co.

At Wednesday’s founding ceremony, Vice Premier Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) said the association could help build basic infrastructure and create a market for green energy in Taiwan, which in turn would increase investment and employment opportunities in the field.

The government has set a goal of generating 5.7 GW of offshore wind energy by 2025, stimulating an estimated NT$1 trillion (US$35.5 billion) in investment, and creating 20,000 new jobs, Shen said.

Meanwhile, the government is planning for another 10 GW of wind power output between 2026 and 2035, with the relevant measures likely to be announced by the end of March, he said.

In 2016, the administration of President Tsai Ing-Wen (蔡英文) pledged to phase out nuclear power and generate 20 percent of the country’s electricity needs from renewable sources by 2025.

Taiwan has 22 offshore wind turbines that generate 128 megawatts of power, according to 2020 data from the Bureau of Energy.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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