Friday, October 01, 2004

Alternative Energy Taiwan: Wind Power

Shi-Bow Elementary School, Taiwan

The Taiwanese government is accelerating efforts to develop renewable energy, mainly wind power, to guard against a sustained rise in fuel costs, government officials said recently.

Taiwan is heavily dependent on fuel imports, sourcing over 98% of its fuel abroad. The nation's sole power supplier is the state-run Taiwan Power Company. It's paying nearly double what it paid for coal last year. The spectre of a coming energy crisis seems to have spurred Taiwan's government to increase efforts to develop domestic alternative energy resources.

According to the article in Power Engineering Taiwan currently produces 5.4% of its power from renewables sources and hopes to increase this to 10% by 2010.

According to Wang Yunn-ming, deputy director of the Bureau of Energy, wind power has been chosen by Taipower, as well as various private companies, as a major energy source to exploit, Wang said.

"We estimate that wind power will make up 80 per cent of our 10 per cent renewable-energy capacity by 2010," Wang said.

Private companies have been showing high interest in exploiting the nation's rich wind-power resources. Last year, Germany's Infra Vest Windpower Corporation started building Taiwan's largest wind power electricity plant in Chiayi County. Under the plan, the company will build 70 wind turbines at the plant. The company is scheduled to launch the power plant next year. The company plans to build additional plants in Taoyuan and Changhwa. Overall, there will be 200 wind turbines scattered along the west coast of Taiwan within five years.

Power Engineering Article on Alternative Energy in Taiwan


Anonymous Anonymous said...


In order to insure energy and economic independence as well as better economic growth without being blackmailed by foreign countries, our country, the United States of America’s Utilization of Energy sources must change.
"Energy drives our entire economy." We must protect it. "Let's face it, without energy the whole economy and economic society we have set up would come to a halt. So you want to have control over such an important resource that you need for your society and your economy."
Our continued dependence on fossil fuels could and will lead to catastrophic consequences.

The federal, state and local government should implement a mandatory renewable energy installation program for residential and commercial property on new construction and remodeling projects with the use of energy efficient material, mechanical systems, appliances, lighting, etc. The source of energy must by renewable energy such as Solar-Photovoltaic, Geothermal, Wind, Biofuels, etc. including utilizing water from lakes, rivers and oceans to circulate in cooling towers to produce air conditioning and the utilization of proper landscaping to reduce energy consumption.

The implementation could be done on a gradual scale over the next 10 years. At the end of the 10 year period all construction and energy use in the structures throughout the United States must be 100% powered by renewable energy.

In addition, the governments must impose laws, rules and regulations whereby the utility companies must comply with a fair “NET METERING” (the buying of excess generation from the consumer), including the promotion of research and production of “renewable energy technology” with various long term incentives and grants. The various foundations in existence should be used to contribute to this cause.

A mandatory time table should also be established for the automobile industry to gradually produce an automobile powered by renewable energy. The American automobile industry is surely capable of accomplishing this task.

This is a way to expedite our energy independence and economic growth. It will take maximum effort and a relentless pursuit of the private, commercial and industrial government sectors commitment to renewable energy – energy generation (wind, solar, hydro, biofuels, geothermal, energy storage (fuel cells, advance batteries), energy infrastructure (management, transmission) and energy efficiency (lighting, sensors, automation, conservation) in order to achieve our energy independence.

Jay Draiman
Northridge, CA. 91325

P.S. I have a very deep belief in America's capabilities. Within the next 10 years we can accomplish our energy independence, if we as a nation truly set our goals to accomplish this.
I happen to believe that we can do it. In another crisis--the one in 1942--President Franklin D. Roosevelt said this country would build 60,000 [50,000] military aircraft. By 1943, production in that program had reached 125,000 aircraft annually. They did it then. We can do it now.
The American people resilience and determination to retain the way of life is unconquerable and we as a nation will succeed in this endeavor of Energy Independence.

10:33 pm, December 31, 2006  

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