While strong winds may be a bane for tourism in Penghu during winter, they may yet prove to be an economic boon once the 45m tall wind power turbines and submarine power cables are all installed by 2016, which could generate as much as NT$13 billion (US$434 million) a year in electricity, academics estimate.Alas, the noise remains an issue for many residents, as it nearly always does around windfarms. Two years a local farmer made world headlines when he said the noise had killed 400 of his goats by keeping them awake at night. At present wind generates less than 5% of Taiwan's energy.
At present, giant wind turbines spin at two sites on the island — near the coasts of Baisha Township’s (白沙) Jhongtun Village (中屯) and Husi Township’s (湖西) Peiliao Village (北寮). Both wind power sites are operated by state-owned Taiwan Power Co (Taipower).
I posted an excellent article that identified some of the obstacles to wind and renewable energy expansion in Taiwan. The article observed that Tsai Ing-wen, if elected, might create a more favorable regulatory environment for renewables -- a lost issue, which should have had more play in the campaign. But it also argues that Taiwan's energy-intensive manufacturing sector makes it difficult to implement renewables.
- The warning signs have been out for several years -- will the rising cost of labor sink China's growth? This NYTimes pieces follows on the Commonwealth piece I linked to in the post below about Taiwan firms facing rising costs.
- Pat Cowsill on Jeremy Lin offered citizenship?
- Linsanity watch: AFP on the Chinese claim that Lin is theirs.
- One of the effects of lifting the ban on beef through the creation of a ractopamine mininum level is that it will open the door for use in domestic pork in Taiwan. The Animal Institute here says ractopamine has negative effects on pig health (o the irony). Consumers here prefer their pork fatty. How much demand for ractopamine in pork production could there be?
- Film: The Raw and the Cooked, a culinary journey through Taiwan
- WaPo piece on Robert Tsai, the head of the WantWant Group, which contains his famous denial of Tiananmen and discusses his attempts to push Taiwan into China's hands.
- China's soft power offensive in Taiwan
- Taiwan Earthquake List
- Rolling Stone hosts devastating 84 page report (introductory article) on US failure, incompetence, and lack of integrity in Afghanistan. It was time to leave Afghanistan years ago.
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