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Executive Yuan Approves the Amendment of Guidelines on Energy Development
Organization: Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs        Publish Date: 2017-06-16 16:16
Executive Yuan has approved the amendment of Guidelines on Energy Development on April 24th 2017. The guidelines establish Taiwan's energy transition framework and affirms the 2025 target of "nuclear-free homeland"

Bureau of Energy (BOE) indicated that Taiwan has launched national energy transition to ensure smooth energy transition process while attending to green growth and social equity. The core values of the guidelines are mainly on four aspects, namely "Energy Security," "Green Economy," Environmental Sustainability," and "Social Equity". The guidelines construct a complete administration framework, and stress new economy momentum and environmental benefits produced via green energy development. Social equity which includes realizing democracy and justice for energy transition is also incorporated in the guidelines. Lastly, the guidelines construct complementary measures which are aimed to fully implement plans including energy saving, energy exploration, energy storage and smart system integration. The major amendments of the guidelines are as follows:

1. "Energy Security": Construct a stable, affordable and low-risk energy system from energy demand side, supply side and system side measures.

(1) Energy demand side
Optimize industrial structure transition, reach the target of net-zero energy buildings, strengthen load management measures, and strengthen demand side energy saving through the industrial structure optimization, peak demand management and stipulation of the obligations of power industry in promoting energy saving.

(2) Energy supply side
Construct a friendly environment for renewables, while also attending to environmental ecology protection, incentivizing distributional power installation, lessening power system load and line loss, reducing environmental impacts so as to attain the goal of energy exploration.

(3) Energy system side
Promote installation and application of smart meters, smart grid and energy storage systems. Ensure the priority access to the grid for green power. Through the installation of green energy equipment, enhance the power supply capacity and system stability, increase renewable energy power generation and move toward smart systems integration.

2. Green Economy: The three guiding principles include "constructing green energy industrial ecological system", "promoting local use of green energy" and "innovating in green energy and carbon reduction technologies". Construct an environment for the development green energy industries, integrate green-energy-related industries, cultivate green energy industry technology and talents, incorporate regional resources characteristics,  establish a globally competitive green energy industries ecology, explore business opportunities of whole-plant export, and stimulate new economy momentum via creation of green jobs and green growth.

3. Environmental Sustainability: In order to address the concerned air pollution issues, environmental impacts of energy facilities construction and 2025 "nuclear-free homeland" target, "maintaining air quality", "selecting appropriate site" and "attaining nuclear-free homeland" are incorporated into the guidelines. The energy sector's strategies in GHGs reduction and constructing low carbon environment still remain in this section.

4. Social Equity: Strengthen public participation in energy policy-making and risk communication, establish an energy market with fair competition. The measures include:

(1) Promote Energy Democracy and Justice
Establish mechanisms and incentives for public participation and risks communication in order to guide the private sectors to jointly participate energy transformation. Implement information transparency so as to facilitate procedural justice.

(2) Energy market reform
Promote electricity industry reform by phases, facilitate fair competition of electricity industry and reasonable management. Promote rationalization in energy prices and effectively reflect internal and external costs by introducing appropriate measures such as green taxes.

5. Complementary measures: Promote green finance development, facilitate regional energy governance and deepen communication and education on energy risks via collaboration between central and local governments, and strengthen complementary measures for achieving energy transition. Formulate White Paper on Energy Transition which comprises energy development targets, concrete measures and policy tools. The periodic review will be conducted as a promotion mechanism after the Guidelines are approved.

As BOE has emphasized, the guidelines are promulgated pursuant to  Energy Administration Act and are positioned as a policy framework for all sectors' energy-related policies, principles and action plans. Once the guidelines are approved, the energy plans and programs of all ministries and commissions will be integrated into White Paper on Energy Transition, and the private sectors' resources are brought into energy transition policy so as to realize sustainable energy development.

Full content of Guidelines on Energy Development is attached.

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