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Seven companies awarded with grid capacity to commission 10 offshore wind farms, 738 MW by 2020 and 3,098 MW between 2021 and 2025
Organization: Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs        Publish Date: 2018-07-04 09:45
The selection result of "Offshore Wind Potential Zones Installed Capacity Allocation" is officially announced. Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) held a press conference of "Offshore Wind Potential Zones Installed Capacity Allocation Scheme" on April 30th, 2018 to reveal the results of capacity allocation. 7 developers have been awarded with grid capacity to commission 10 offshore wind farms. Geographically, Changhua exceeds others with 2,400 MW (62.6 %), followed by Yunlin with 708 MW (18.4 %), Miaoli with 378 MW (9.9 %) and Taoyuan with 350 MW (9.1 %).

MOEA held the review meetings of "Offshore Wind Potential Zones Installed Capacity Allocation Scheme Selection Procedure" on 20th, 27th and 28th April to evaluate the projects applied for commissioning in the year of 2020 and year between 2021 and 2025. According to the "Directions for Allocating Installed Capacity of Offshore Wind Potential Zones" (hereinafter referred to as "Direction") announced by MOEA in January 2018, 0.5 GW will be allocated for the year 2020, and 3 GW for year 2021 to 2025. All projects will be reviewed and prioritized according to their technical and financial capabilities. In addition, for those who apply for 2020, their administrative progress of the Preparation Permit must also be reviewed.

MOEA stated that each of developers not only presents their performance based on the criteria of technical and financial capabilities, but also demonstrates their commitments and determinations to realize the localization of the offshore wind industry and local development, so as to participate in domestic offshore wind power construction projects. MOEA mentioned that there are 3 projects competing for "Selection Procedure for projects commissioning in 2020", and 17 projects for "Selection Procedure for projects commissioning in 2021-2025". After 3 days of evaluation on 20th, 27th and 28th April, all projects are prioritized according to their scores and allocated grid capacity in accordance with the "Direction". The result has been confirmed that 2 projects are allocated with 738 MW in total, among which 238 MW is extra awarded in consideration of factors, including integrity of wind farms, the effectiveness of development and available capacity of the grid under the "Direction". Similarly, 6 projects are allocated with 3,098 MW, including 98 MW extra awarded capacity. MOEA further explained that the above result is based on the ranking and the availability of grid capacity as announced by Taipower. If any allocated project chooses to give up the granted capacity, the above mentioned allocation capacity will be adjusted accordingly.

Moreover, MOEA has included items of "Industrial Related Benefits" in the "Offshore Wind Potential Zones Installed Capacity Allocation Scheme". The awarded projects which will commission in 2021 and 2022 must provide the localization action plan to be reviewed by MOEA by the end of 2018. As for those to be commissioned between 2023 and 2025, the deadline is at the end of 2018. In addition to generate clean electricity, this policy will boost the transformation of both domestic manufacturing and service industries in a steady manner, also to promote the development of local energy supply chain, as well as to create greater output value and more job opportunities, and eventually to thrust overall economic development. Unselected companies can also participate in the Auction in June this year. The bidding results will be announced by the end of June.

MOEA actively promotes the development of offshore wind power. The first batch of offshore demonstration turbines have been successfully commissioned, which represent a significant milestone. In Phase 2, or Zone Application of Planning, grid capacity will be allocated by Selection and Auction, in order to reach a balance between renewable energy promotion and national financial burden. In the future, a total of 5.5 GW of offshore wind farms will be installed, which will accumulate investments of NT$962.5 billion in total, creating approximately 20,000 jobs, and the annual carbon reduction is about 10.47 million tons. The amount of CO2 reduction from offshore wind is equivalent to the amount from 26,926 Daan Forest Parks. Overall, the offshore wind development will realize the policy visions of strengthening energy security, innovation for green economy, and promotion for sustainability of environment.

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