Green power sales top gov’t goal

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Pledges by in­sti­tu­tions and in­di­vid­u­als to pur­chase green power from state-owned Tai­wan Power Co. (Taipower, ) have far ex­ceeded a goal set by the gov­ern­ment for 2015 af­ter sev­eral busi­ness heavy­weights an­nounced their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pro­gram, the Bureau of Energy ( BOE) said Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to data com­piled by the BOE, en­ter­prises and in­di­vid­u­als in Tai­wan had pledged to buy 16.53 mil­lion kilo­watt hours (kWh) in green power as of June 15 af­ter the bureau launched the pur­chase pro­gram Feb. 16 that aims to raise re­new­able energy con­sump­tion and cut car­bon diox­ide emis­sions in the coun­try.

The pur­chase pro­gram un­der the BOE has set a goal that en­ter­prises and in­di­vid­u­als in Tai­wan will buy 10 mil­lion kWh in green power in 2015.

Taipower has col­lected green power, pro­duced through re­new­able elec­tric­ity- gen­er­at­ing fa­cil­i­ties such as so­lar pan­els and wind­mills, from the state-owned com­pany, pri­vate en­ter­prises and in­di­vid­u­als. So far, there are 784 mil­lion kWh avail­able.

The latest data re­leased by the BOE shows that a to­tal of 774 en- ter­prises and 883 in­di­vid­u­als had par­tic­i­pated in the green power pur­chase pro­gram as of June 15.

Af­ter the data was re­leased, sev­eral renowned com­pa­nies, such as Tai­wan Semi­con­duc­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ing Co. (TSMC,

) and I-Mei Foods Co. ( ) even pledged to buy large amounts of green power from the pro­gram, leav­ing the gov­ern­ment’s goal far be­hind.

On June 16, TSMC, the world’s largest con­tract chip maker, an­nounced that it would pur­chase 100 mil­lion kWh of green power, ac­count­ing for al­most 13 per­cent of the to­tal green power avail­able in Taipower’s pool.

TSMC said that its pur­chase is ex­pected to re­duce its car­bon foot­print by 52 mil­lion kilo­grams, equiv­a­lent to the car­bon ab­sorbed by 5.2 mil­lion trees in one year.

On June 18, I- Mei Foods pledged to buy 2.5 mil­lion kWh of green power to make the pur­chase list even longer.

In fact, right af­ter the BOE launched the green power pur­chase pro­gram in Fe­bru­ary, en­ter­prises and in­di­vid­u­als had re­acted to the pro­gram with lit­tle en­thu­si­asm, and Taipower had to pro­mote the pro­gram ag­gres­sively to woo buy­ers, the BOE said.

The cold re­ac­tion lasted un­til April, when Taipei Fi­nan­cial Cen­ter Corp. (TFCC), which op­er­ates the Taipei 101 sky­scraper, pledged to buy 1.01 mil­lion kWh of green power, be­com­ing the first buyer to pur­chase more than 1 mil­lion kWh un­der the pro­gram, the bureau said.

Fol­low­ing TFCC’s foot­steps, elec­tron­ics ma­te­rial sup­plier Chi Mei Corp. ( ) an­nounced June 15 that it will buy 1.6 mil­lion kWh in green power un­der the pro­gram, the bureau added.

Wu Yu-chen ( ), a spokes­woman for the BOE, said that en­ter­prises’ pledges in the green power pur­chase pro­gram will no doubt strengthen the coun­try’s ef­forts in en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and ful­fill their so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.

In 2014, en­ter­prises and in­di­vid­u­als pur­chased only 4.34 mil­lion kWh in green power from Taipower.

The top three buy­ers last year were in­te­grated cir­cuit pack­ag­ing and test­ing ser­vices provider Ad­vanced Semi­con­duc­tor En­gi­neer­ing Inc. ( ), Fubon Fi­nan­cial Hold­ing Co. ( ) and petro­chem­i­cal firm Swan­cor In­dus­try Co. ( ), ac­count­ing for al­most 90 per­cent of the pur­chases.

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