With renewable energy projects likely to be delayed, Taiwan will be relying even more heavily than expected on natural gas. From its inception in 2016, Taiwan’s energy transition plan relied heavily on the use of natural gas. But with solar and offshore wind development facing possibly substantial delays, the importance of the natural gas portion…

A new, globally certified training center in Taichung is helping Taiwan develop specialized personnel and talent for its offshore wind industry. Taiwan’s shortage of qualified talent to work in the offshore wind business is among its chief challenges in developing the sector. Unlike many nations that have developed offshore wind, Taiwan has almost no marine…

Environmental activists aim to ensure that Taiwan’s green energy revolution is truly environmentally sustainable. But will their efforts slow down Taiwan’s energy transition? The fishing industry is generally condemned by environmental organizations, and Greenpeace has often targeted Taiwan’s deep-sea fishing fleet for illegal and unsustainable practices. Yet in Yunlin County, local environmentalists have found common…

The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down the development of offshore wind resources in 2020 due to disruptions in supply chains. Over the long-term, however, the government’s rigorous localization policy may present an even bigger impediment. Riding high on the inauguration of its first major offshore wind farm – the 128-megawatt (MW) Formosa 1, Phase 2…

Promising new opportunities have been opening for Taiwan’s economic development. Although COVID-19 has wrecked numerous economies around the world, Taiwan has been a notable exception. Remarkably, Taiwan has emerged from the pandemic not only almost unscathed, but with even greater confidence and prospects for growth than anytime during the last two decades. Pundits have tended…

Permanent storage in deep geological repositories is the current international standard for final disposal of nuclear waste, but in practice this solution has so far proven extremely difficult to accomplish.  The U.S. government has de-funded its deep geological repository at Yucca Mountain, and most nations have yet to begin development of similar facilities. Finland is…