Taiwan to Expand Its Wind Energy Capacity 8-Fold

The government has set a target to increase Taiwan’s installed wind farm capacity to 3,150 megawatts by 2030 from 372 megawatts currently, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said on its Web site Thursday. 

Taiwan is joining countries including the U.S. and China in adding wind turbines to help cut production of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. President Ma Ying- jeou has pledged to cut emissions to 2000 levels by 2025.

Taiwan Power Co., the island’s state-run electricity producer, has 106 wind turbines in operation, compared with 90 wind turbines run by private companies, the ministry said.

Wind turbines accounted for 0.6 percent of Taiwan’s electricity production in February, compared with 42 percent for coal-fired generators and 18 percent for plants running on natural gas, Taiwan Power said on its Web site.

Source: The China Post, www.chinapost.com.tw