Taiwan’s Growing Offshore Wind Projects

The Republic of China (Taiwan) currently has an estimated population of 23.75 million people. The power plants on the island nation use fossil fuel (85.9%), nuclear power (8.3%) and renewable energy (5.8%) to generate electricity. Taiwan’s fossil fuel power plants primarily use coal and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Hydropower and solar are the primary sources for renewable energy in Taiwan.

Taiwan imports all fossil fuels, which is a major burden on the country’s economy. In 2009, the government of Taiwan passed the Renewable Energy Development Act which was designed to increase renewable energy in the country. The country has passed additional renewable energy legislation in an effort to move from expensive fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. The country is now moving forward with the develop of offshore wind farms.

WPD AG has completed the financing for the Yunlin offshore wind farm, located in the Taiwan Strait. The 640 MW capacity wind farm is located approximately 5 miles off the west coast of the island of Taiwan. The Yunlin wind farm will consist of 80 of Siemens Gamesa’s SG 8.0-167 DD turbines. Construction on the offshore wind farm will begin in March 2020. The Yunlin wind farm is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

WPD AG develops, finances, constructs and operates onshore and offshore wind farms. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Bremen, Germany. WPD AG operates wind farms in Belgium, France, Italy, Croatia, Poland, Sweden, Finland and Canada.

Moving from fossil fuel power plants to renewable energy will substantially improve the toxic air quality in Taiwan’s cities like Taipei. Taiwan is making positive progress in the development of their country’s renewable energy resources. In my opinion, the development of offshore wind farms is long overdue by the United States.

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