Nov 29, 2017 General Comments Off on EPA greenlights 19 offshore wind power projects
Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has greenlit 19 offshore wind power projects. That's out of a total of 22 projects which were submitted for environmental assessment in 2017.
Wind power is an important component in the government's efforts to phase out nuclear energy. EPA Minister Lee Ying-yuan told a press conference on Monday that projected output will far surpass the country's wind power goals for the year 2025.
"Environmental assessments have passed for projects that will have a total output of 10.68 GW, which is more than two times our goal. This shows that in our efforts to develop green energy, and offshore wind power in particular, we have overcome a lot of obstacles. This includes those posed by the conservation of the Chinese white dolphins," said Lee.
EPA Deputy Minister Thomas Chan said that offshore wind power projects need to take both economic development and environmental protection into consideration. He said the highest standards were used to minimize the impact of construction noises on the habitat of the dolphins.
The EPA is calling the speedy approval of the offshore wind power projects a milestone in the nation's development of green energy. If they generate more than 10 GW a year as projected, that would reduce carbon emissions by 20 million tons a year. If they are used to replace energy generated by burning coal, it would reduce carbon emissions by 30 million tons per year.
Source: Radio Taiwan International