Taipower will in­ves­ti­gate rea­sons wind tur­bines fell

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The state-owned Tai­wan Power Com­pany has formed a com­mit­tee to ex­am­ine why seven of its wind tur­bines col­lapsed dur­ing Typhoon Soude­lor last week­end, a Taipower of­fi­cial said Wed­nes­day.

The re­sults of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be pub­lished in two months’ time, said Lee Wen-bing, deputy head of Taipower’s Depart­ment of Re­new­able Energy.

Lee was re­spond­ing to con­cerns about the is­sue, which were raised by Leg­is­la­tor Tien Chiu-chin of the op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) ear­lier in the day.

Tien said it was wor­ri­some to see seven wind tur­bines knocked over dur­ing the storm, which hit Tai­wan last Satur­day with pow­er­ful winds of up to 209 kilo­me­ters per hour.

“The gov­ern­ment should get to the bot­tom of the prob­lem,” he said.

So­lar and wind power is cru­cial to na­tional se­cu­rity, Tien said, not­ing that Tai­wan im­ports 97 per­cent of its energy needs at an an­nual cost of NT$1 tril­lion (US$31.2 bil­lion).

He said it would be bet­ter if the gov­ern­ment phased out the ag­ing wind tur­bines rather than fuel public mis­giv­ings about re­new­able energy.

In re­sponse, Lee said the seven wind tur­bines — six in Taichung and one in Shih­men Dis­trict in New Taipei — were part of the first batch Taipower pur­chased in 2003.

All 18 wind tur­bines at its Taichung wind farm have been shut down since the typhoon, pend­ing in­spec­tion, he said.

In ad­di­tion to Taipower’s 169 wind tur­bines, there are 155 oth­ers in Tai­wan op­er­ated by the pri­vate sec­tor.

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