MOEA to extend volunteer green power trial scheme: minister

A volunteer green power trial scheme, initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in 2014 to promote the development of renewable energy, will be extended next year after it expires at the end of 2016, Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung (李世光) said Wednesday.

Under the three-year promotional program, users have to pay an additional NT$1.06 (US$0.031) for each kilowatt-hour (kWh) of green energy they purchase.

“The surcharge for the purchase of green electricity will remain at NT$1.06 for each kilowatt-hour,” Lee said.

Over the past three years, the number of users who voluntarily purchased green electricity has grown from 531 to 7,155, while the amount of electricity they consumed has increased from 4.345 million kWhs to more than 270 million kWhs, he said.

Lee said he expected that the number of green electricity consumers to surpass 10,000 next year.

According to the latest statistics released by the Taiwan Power Co., as of the end of 2015, the electricity generated from renewable energy in the country has increased to 4.2 percent of the total amount compared with less than 1 percent three years ago.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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