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…

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…

Two industrial sectors appear particularly promising for Taiwan to develop as a regional center for the Asia Pacific.  The best opportunities for Taiwan to play a strong regional role may lie with its fast-developing capability in offshore wind power and its already well-established foundation as a high-tech R&D center.  Taiwan has big expectations for wind…

Given the right government policy and smart marketing by local manufacturers, Taiwan’s love affair with scooters could help the environment. It’s a daily commute for tens of thousands of people, but it has also become an annual pilgrimage for electric motorcycle owners. In what is known as the “motorcycle waterfall,” scooters jostle for position like…

Drive through the countryside in the central Taiwan counties of Yunlin, Changhua, and Chiayi and you’re bound to notice the many barns and chicken coops with substantial solar arrays installed on their roofs. Development of solar power is a major part of Taiwan’s plan to transform its energy sector, eliminating nuclear power generation and bringing…

Amid progress on major projects, the sale of shares by pioneering local offshore wind-power developer Swancor underscores the challenges facing Taiwanese companies. With the scheduled completion next month of the installation of twenty 6-megawatt (MW) turbines off the coast of Miaoli County, Taiwan’s offshore wind-power development program enters a new stage. When the 90-meter-tall masts…

The combination of political and physical obstacles will almost certainly forestall any extension of Taiwan’s nuclear power sector. Last November, Taiwan seemed to do an about-face on the issue of nuclear power. Although Tsai Ing-wen of the anti-nuclear Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) had been elected president in 2016, voters approved a referendum negating the amendment…