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Taiwan launches 5 year plan to reduce energy consumption

2011/05/05 21:06:16

Taipei, May 5 (CNA) Premier Wu Den-yih said Thursday that thegovernment is to launch a five-year plan for reducing water,electricity, and oil consumption by government bodies and educationinstitutes, in a bid to set standards for the general public.

Energy Bureau Director-General Jerry Ou said at a pressconference that the Ministry of Economic Affairs has set a goal ofconserving 142 million kilowatt hours, 3 million metric tons ofwater, and 5,100 kiloliters of oil by 2015, an amount equal toreducing carbon dioxide emissions by 102,500 metric tons.

Wu said 99 percent of Taiwan's energy comes from foreign sourcesand it is therefore important to look not just for ways to developrenewable energy but to save energy at the same time.

Meanwhile, public demand for renewable energy has been on therise in the wake of the nuclear crisis that has gripped Japan sincethe March 11 earthquake and tsunami that crippled the FukushimaDaiichi nuclear power plant in the northeast of the country.

In response, Economics Minister Shih Yen-shiang said a dayearlier that his ministry plans to increase renewable energy sourcesas a percentage of the country's total electricity generationcapacity from the current 6 percent to 16 percent, or 10,858megawatts, by 2030, and 25 percent of which will come from offshorewind turbines.

Shih also said he expects the installed capacity of solar energyto increase to 2,500 megawatts by 2030 -- up from the current 8.5megawatts.

(By Chiachen Hsieh and Ann Chen)