Source: Republic Of China Taiwan 2
The Ministry of Economic Affairs hosted the 2020 Offshore Wind Farm International Cooperation Seminar for foreign ambassadors and representatives in Taiwan on Oct. 20 and 21, with the aim of enhancing their understanding of Taiwan’s energy transition resolve and achievements and spurring greater international cooperation in the emerging renewable energy sector in Taiwan.As part of the seminar activities, the Ministry also arranged several field trips for the participants, including to Formosa 1, Taiwan’s first commercial offshore wind farm, located near Long Fong Fishing Port in Miaoli County. The participants also visited the wind power industrial zone in Taichung Port, as well as Taiwan Power Co.’s solar power farm in Chang Bing Industrial Zone.Speaking at a welcome dinner for seminar participants that he hosted on Oct. 21, Legislative Yuan Deputy Speaker Chi-Chang Tsai expressed appreciation for the assistance from other countries in Taiwan’s offshore wind power development and said he hopes that in addition to economic development and employment in the Taichung area being facilitated, future international industrial cooperation could be enhanced.Minister of Economic Affairs Mei-Hua Wang also hosted a luncheon for the seminar participants on Oct. 21. In her remarks at the gathering, she stated that Taiwan has been actively promoting offshore wind power development and that it opened its market some three years ago, attracting outstanding foreign companies to bring in capital and technology to take part in the sector’s development. She further said that a three-stage “demonstration, potential and zonal” development strategy has been adopted, which is gradually being implemented, with even more wind farms planned for the future. She added that offshore wind will become a key industry in Taiwan. The Minister thanked all the diplomatic envoys for participating in the seminar and visits, saying she hopes to get their feedback for the Ministry’s reference in planning a similar activity next year.Deputy Speaker Tsai noted at the welcome dinner that because of the government’s active promotion of offshore wind power development over the past four years, Taiwan’s first offshore wind farm was successfully completed at the end of last year, with annual electricity generation capacity of 480 million kilowatt-hours. It is driving localization of the offshore wind power industry supply chain, with more domestic businesses having opportunities to participate and accumulate experience, and with industry-academia cooperation letting more youths have opportunities to gain expertise in the field of wind power and then find related work in Taiwan, thereby facilitating the holistic development of Taiwan’s economy.Participating diplomatic envoys noted after the seminar that renewable energy development and global greenhouse gas reduction efforts are global trends and that many countries are pursuing related energy transition. They further pointed out that Taiwan’s offshore wind power development can serve as a model for the rest of the world and that many countries want to enhance their cooperation with Taiwan in this field. Speakers at the seminar and participating enterprise representatives noted that Taiwan possesses ideal conditions for the development of offshore wind power, such as comprehensive industrial supply chains and related infrastructure and full government policy support, and that through technology integration with European partners, Taiwan’s offshore wind power sector has a promising future that will generate significant commercial opportunities.Renewable energy development is an international trend. Looking ahead, Taiwan will continue to provide a development-friendly environment which will attract international developers’ and suppliers’ capital and technology, helping to drive industry development through their investment in partnerships to tap green energy growth opportunities and jointly create a new era of Taiwan’s offshore wind power industry through international cooperation.