Taiwan Increases Offshore Wind Tariff 30 Percent

DigiTimes reports that new feed-in tariffs posted by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs have increased offshore wind tariffs by more than 30%.

While DigiTimes’s report emphasized the cuts in solar photovoltaic tariffs, Taiwan has substantially raised its tariffs for wind energy.

The new tariff, says DigiTimes, is 5.56 TWD ($0.192 USD) per kWh, 33% more than the previous tariff of 4.2 TWD ($0.145 USD) per kWh.

The new Taiwanese feed-in tariff for offshore wind now rivals that of Ontario’s offshore feed-in tariff of $0.19 CAD per kWh.

Taiwan also raised the tariffs for on shore wind from 2.38 TWD ($0.82 USD) to 2.61 TWD ($0.09 USD) per kWh, an increase of nearly 10%.

Taiwan also offers one of the more attractive geothermal energy tariffs in the world at 4.80 TWD ($0.165 USD) per kWh. Only Germany and France offer higher geothermal tariffs.

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Paul Gipe  is an author, advocate, and analyst of the renewable energy industry. He has written extensively about the subject for the past four decades, receiving numerous  awards  for his efforts. Gipe has lectured before groups from Patagonia to Puglia, from Tasmania to Toronto, and from Halifax to Husum. He has spoken to audiences as large as 10,000 and as small as a private presentation for Vice President Al Gore. Gipe is well known for his frank appraisal of the promise and pitfalls of wind energy, including his stinging critiques of Internet wonders and the hustlers and charlatans who promote them. He led the campaign to adapt electricity  feed laws  to the North American market—the same policy that has stirred a renewable energy revolution in Germany. His most recent book,  Wind Energy for the Rest of Us , introduces Germany’s electricity rebels to a North American audience for the first time. The book, Gipe’s seventh on wind energy, debunks novel wind turbines, rebukes revisionist historians, and argues that renewable energy is too important to be left to electric utilities.

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