Taiwan plans huge wind-power boost to meet emissions goals

Taiwan wants to have 4.2GW of wind in place by 2030

Taiwan wants to have 4.2GW of wind in place by 2030

Taiwan expects to increase its wind-power capacity from 530MW to 4.2GW by 2030 under an ambitious new renewable energy plan.

The wind push will see 1.2GW of onshore capacity added by 2020, says Shih Yen-shiang of the country’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, quoted in Taiwan Today newspaper.

The island nation currently has about 300 turbines installed onshore, mainly along the west coast.

Increasing wind capacity is part of Taiwan’s plan to boost renewable energy to 16% of total supply by 2030, a target set in its 2009 Renewable Energy Development Act.

Taiwan relies heavily on imported energy sources, especially coal, and ranks 14th globally in per capita emissions of CO 2.

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