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The Short-Term and Long-Term Measures Shall be Adopted so as to Stabilize Power Supply and Accomplish Energy Transition
Date: 2017-10-19
The news published on August 7th reported that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and related technology industry are concerned about the domestic power supply issue and called on the government to propose the long-term power supply stabilization policy. To ensure the power supply, Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) stated that the comprehensive measures have been adopted to deal with the tight power supply issue which was caused by the typhoon in the short term. In the long term, in order to achieve the target of energy transition, the replacement of traditional power plants shall be aggressively promoted, the LNG receiving terminal can be constructed, and the development of renewable energy will be enlarged.

Due to the recent power supply issue, the industry hoped that the government will review the target of energy transition. MOEA stated that the power supply issue was caused by the typhoon. While the energy transition measures just began in the initial stage, and the government has made efforts to stabilize power supply. For example, the related power development plan has started to be built in, the government and the Taiwan Power Company shall increase incentives for taking demand bidding measures. The government also takes the lead to turn off air conditioning from 1 pm to 3 pm to decrease the power demand in peak hours, coordinates with the cogeneration industry to increase the power generation in peak hours and accelerates the installment of new units in power plants.

The industry suggested the government should not give up the power supply stability in order to achieve energy transition. MOEA stated that maintaining power supply stability is an important principle and prerequisite for promoting energy transition. Under the premise of power supply stability, the government has planned a low-carbon energy development path which sets the power generation share at 20% for renewable energy, 30% for coal-fired generation, and 50% for the gas-fired generation by 2025. The main measures are as follows:
1.Fully develop renewable energy: To review the current situation of the renewable energy development, and set up ambitious goal, the government has planned that the installed capacity of rooftop type PV would achieve 3GW and the ground type PV would achieve 17 GW by 2025. Concerning the wind generation, it is aimed to achieve 3GW in off-shore wind power by 2025.
2.Expand the use of natural gas and gas-fired power generation: Promoting the renewal of the old gas-fired power plants by adopting the efficient combined-cycle power plants. The construction of LNG receiving terminal and storage facility will be accelerated.
3.Gradually reduce the coal-fired generation: Apart from the acceleration of renewing the old coal-fired generations by ultra-supercritical generating plants, the flexible dispatch to gradually reduce the proportion of coal-fired power generation shall be adopted.

Finally, the government shall ensure the energy supply stability in the processes of energy transition, and consider the key issues of carbon emissions reduction and reasonable energy prices. Therefore, any possible options of energy sources shall not be given up. It is expected that everyone can aggressively respond to what government promotes during the energy transition so as to achieve a low-carbon and low-pollution life.

Spokesperson of Bureau of Energy: Deputy Director-General,
Chun-Li Lee
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