Green power sales top gov’t goal
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.