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Wind power developers laud Taiwan's green energy potential

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Offshore wind energy developers expressed optimism Thursday about Taiwan's efforts to expand renewable energy, saying that the country's experience in offshore wind power could be a model for other Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea.

Stakeholders in the Hai Long Offshore Windfarm project, a joint venture between Canadian power producer Northland Power Inc. and Singaporean Yushan Energy Pte. Ltd., said Taiwan has excellent offshore wind power resources along its west coast.

Taiwan would be in a good position to both provide value to global energy developers and upgrade its domestic industry if foreign experience, expertise and technologies were introduced in the central county of Changhua, Yushan Energy Chairman Ian Hatton said.

The Changhua County government has been engaging stakeholders in recent years, signing memorandums of understanding with major developers such as Northland Power, Yushan Energy and Danish company DONG Energy.

The technology is already in place for the construction of a large-scale offshore wind farm, Hatton said, adding that the most challenging part of the project now is to develop a solid supply chain for infrastructure such as turbines and towers.

The team is keen to pass on its experience to local business partners and people in academia, said Hai Long Project Director Chen Tsung-hua (陳聰華).

He said that thanks to the Taiwanese government's relatively positive and pragmatic regulatory regime, Taiwan is in an advantageous position to take the lead in offshore wind energy development in East Asia.

"By utilizing the excellent wind regime in the Taiwan Strait, Hai Long is looking to build on its international experience and close working relationships with local contractors to develop a model for engineering, which will place Taiwan at the forefront of offshore renewable energy development in the region," he said.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said earlier this year that the government was aiming to increase the amount of electricity generated from renewable sources nationwide to 20 percent of the total by 2025, when nuclear energy will be phased out.

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