Taipower to help build Penghu into low-carbon county - Focus Taiwan

Taipower to help build Penghu into low-carbon county

Taipei, Oct. 1 (CNA) In line with a government policy on the development of outlying Penghu County into a low-carbon tourism destination, state-run Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) has announced that it will build 11 new wind turbines at three different locations in the island county.

The 11 planned turbines, six of which will be located in Longmen (龍門) village of Huxi Township (湖西), two in Jiangmei (講美) village and three in Chikan (赤崁) village, both in Baisha Township (白沙), will have a total installed generating capacity of 33,000 kilowatts after construction is completed. They are expected to lead to a reduction of 62,310 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, according to Taipower.

The company will hold environmental impact assessment meetings at community centers in Chikan, Jiangmei, and Longmen villages Oct. 1-2 to explain to local residents the details of the construction projects, such as current local environmental conditions and measures to be taken on environmental protection. The meetings will be open to the public, Taipower said.

During construction, the local air quality, noise and vibration control, traffic flow, and terrestrial ecosystem will be monitored, in order to diminish the possible negative impact on the daily lives of local residents, Taipower said.

Under a wind power development project approved in 2002, the Cabinet plans to set up a total of 200 wind turbines in Penghu County within 10 years. However, only 14 have been constructed and are operating there.

(By Chen Chi-ching and Lauren Hung)ENDITEM/J

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