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The BOE Cooperates with Energy Diagnostic Centers to Assist Local SMEs in Saving Energy
Organization: Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs        Publish Date: 2019-01-21 16:28
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The Bureau of Energy (BOE) held an Achievement Conference of Energy Diagnostic Centers (EDC) at Taiwan Power Company (Taichung branch) on December 14th, 2018 to promote energy conservation measures in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The representatives from 15 Energy Diagnostic Centers were invited to join the conference and shared their achievements with industrial associations and local governments.

In Taiwan, there are approximately 1.4 million SMEs with an annual electricity consumption around 56 billion kWh, which makes up 21% of total electricity usage. To assist SMEs to save on energy, the BOE referred to Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) program of the United States for establishing on-campus EDCs with local universities to provide energy diagnostic service. Led by professors from energy-related departments, these centers have been providing the training courses of energy conservation techniques, instrumentation operations, diagnostic service, communication and coordination to enhance students' abilities of energy diagnostic service, so as to assist the SMEs in discovering the potential to save energy.

Dr. Chuan-Neng Lin, Director-General of BOE, indicated that the BOE has been cooperating with universities to set up 15 EDCs (as listed in the attachment).  Since 2016, 249 energy professionals have been trained to provide energy diagnostic service to 755 SMEs with 2,109 energy conservation recommendations. It is estimated to reduce 34.5 million kWh of electricity consumption per year, while saving NTD$144 million of electricity bills and reaching NTD$207 million of energy conservation investment.

In this conference, Kindness Hotel shared that under the EDC's guidance, 9 chain hotels have saved over NTD$1.25 million in total energy bills within a year by switching to LED lights and chiller optimization.  Moreover, nearly 100 representatives of the SMEs learned more about free energy diagnostic services offered by BOE through the communication with EDC teams, county governments and industrial associations. It is expected that there are greater incentives to encourage the SMEs in decreasing energy consumption and carbon emission.

For more information about EDC service, please visit the following website: https://www.ecct.org.tw/services/small_users.

Spokesperson for Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs: Deputy Director General, Chun-Li Lee
TEL:02-2775-7700, 0936-250-838
Email:cllee@moeaboe.gov.tw

Business Contact: Director, Shu-Fang Kao
TEL:02-2775-7773, 0918-400-668
Email:sfkao@moeaboe.gov.tw

Media Contact: Section Chief, Yu-Hsuah Hsia
TEL:02-2775-7705, 0910-668-295
Email:yhhsia@moeaboe.gov.tw
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