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Taipower falling behind green power purchase target

2016/03/27 10:26:57

Taipei, March 27 (CNA) State-owned utility Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) is hoping to sell 1 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy through block purchases this year but appears to be falling short of the goal as March comes to an end.

As of Friday, the utility had sold 28.42 million kilowatt hours of green power through the program this year after selling more than 150 million kWh last year, far short of Taipower's goal for 2016.

It has fared better in terms of customers, with 1,506 customers -- 434 enterprises and 1,072 individuals -- having bought green energy so far this year, representing about 40 percent of Taipower's goal of 4,000 customers.

Among the major enterprises that have signed up to purchase green power are I-Mei Foods Co., which bought 2.75 million kWh, followed by EVA Airways Corp., which bought 2.5 million kWh, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, which launched the green power purchase program in 2014.

The program aims to encourage enterprises and individuals to purchase green power, in a bid to promote renewable energy and environmental protection.

Under the MOEA program, Taipower generates green power from renewable sources such as solar panels and wind turbines to supply private enterprises and individuals.

For those who register to buy green power, they are charged an additional NT$1.06 per kWh above their standard electricity rate for the amount of green power they have committed to purchase, according to the ministry.

The surcharge was kept at the same level as last year to encourage investment in green energy.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Elaine Hou)
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