Taiwan's state auditor thrashes offshore wind

Political turbulence on Taiwanese offshore wind energy prices continues. If politicians lack the required maturity, then we will have to stay away, says Ørsted's chair of the board of directors.
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-Wen's party lost a local election in late November. The consequences for the country's offshore wind expansion remain uncertain. | Photo: Ritzau Scanpix/AP/Kyodo News
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-Wen's party lost a local election in late November. The consequences for the country's offshore wind expansion remain uncertain. | Photo: Ritzau Scanpix/AP/Kyodo News

The initial series of offshore wind projects in Taiwan are indefensibly expensive, says the island state's auditory agency, Control Yuan, which at the request of the political opposition has submitted its evaluation of the Taiwanese government's allocation of 3,836 MW in offshore wind capacity in April – an allocation previously set at a 20-year feed-in-tariff (FIT) of NTD 5.8 (EUR 0.17) per kWh. That is twice the price of the subsequent 1.6 GW offshore wind tender held in June.

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