Taipei-Permits for the establishment of six wind power farms off the coast of Changhua County have been issued, according to the Bureau of Energy (BOE) Thursday.
The permits were issued to applicants China Steel Corp., Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), Danish company Orsted A/S, and Yushan Energy, BOE officials said.
The permits were issued that day following a delay after Changhua County government on Jan. 14 declined to not review the applications, months after the Bureau of Energy sought its opinion on the matter.
The applications were bounced back to the BOE after Changhua County government said it did not have the authority to make a determination.
As a result of the delay China Steel Corp., CIP, Orsted A/S, and Yushan Energy missed the deadline to secure a power purchasing agreement with state-owned Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) at last year's Feed-in Tariff (FIT) rate of NT$5.8498 (US$0.1905) per kilowatt hour (kWh).
Disappointed with the process and a proposal by the Bureau of Energy in November to set the 2019 FIT rate for wind power at NT$5.106 per kWh, Orsted A/S said earlier this month that it would "pause and revisit" its participation in two of the projects.
However, the Ministry of Economic Affairs' (MOEA) decision Wednesday to cap this year's FIT rate at NT$5.516 indicates that the government is looking to regain the trust of the developers.
According to the MOEA's tiered FIT scheme, the first 4,200 hours of power generated by wind farms each year will be paid at NT$5.516 per kWh, between 4,200 hours and 4,500 hours at 75 percent of the rate, and the rest at 50 percent.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel