Taiwan rethink on wind laws

President Ma Ying-jeou reportedly says Taiwan may revise renewables legislation in response to complaints about barriers to direct electricity sales and a perceived lack of support for wind development.

Taipei developer InfraVest claims that Taiwan Power Company is preventing it from directly selling electricity to its customers.

InfraVest chairman Karl-Eugen Feifel reportedly told Ma that the state-run utility refuses to allow it to sell electricity to US internet giant Google, which is building offices next to one of its wind farms.

The company has also complained about what it describes as a dearth of domestic investment incentives for wind, The China Post reports.

Its Taiwanese operations include a 50MW wind farm in Miaoli and an 11.5MW installation in Xinchu. It is also building several other wind projects on the island.

Last July, the Bureau of Energy (BOE) started a grant scheme to encourage the construction of Taiwan's first offshore wind farms. It is targeting 600MW of installed offshore by 2020 and 3GW by 2030.

The bureau says that Taiwan had installed 571MW of wind by the end of 2012.