Taipei-A planned shift by state-run Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) from coal-fired power plants to natural gas for power generation, will not only increase the amount of electricity produced by thermal power plants, it will also reduce air pollution 35 percent by 2025, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Wednesday.
According to data provided by Taipower, the company estimates the amount of electricity generated by thermal power plants will increase from about 151.2 billion kilowatts hours (kWh) in 2017 to about 160 billion kWh in 2025.
As a result, the overall air pollution emitted by Taipower plants will be cut by 35 percent from 100,000 tonnes this year to 65,000 tonnes by 2025.
Gas-fired power generation emits half the carbon emissions of coal-fired power generation and so is more environmentally friendly, the EPA added.
The EPA said it is working to realize President Tsai Ing-wen's declared goal of cutting electricity generated by coal-fired power plants to 30 percent of national production, increasing natural gas to 50 percent and renewable energy resources to 20 percent by 202
Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council