Over 7,000 customers take part in green power purchase project

More than 7,000 customers have signed up to the green power purchase project launched by state-owned Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) in an effort to promote renewable energy and environmental protection, surpassing its goal of 4,000 customers for the year.

The latest statistics show that 7,029 customers -- including enterprises and individuals -- have bought green energy so far this year.

Although the number of customers has surpassed the original goal of 4,000, Taipower has still fallen far short of its goal of selling 1 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy for the year, with existing customers buying only 268.9 million kWh in total.

Of the enterprises that purchased green energy, 19 bought more than 1 million kWh.

Topping the list, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, ???) -- the world's largest contract chip maker -- bought 200 million kWh. It was followed by Chunghwa Telecom Co. (????), which purchased 4 million kWh; Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE,???), with 3.5 million kWh; I-Mei Foods Co., 2.75 million kWh and EVA Airways Corp., 2.5 million kWh.

Among individual customers, Taipower Chairman Wen-Chen Chu (???) and his successor Hwang Jung-chiou (???) each bought 1,200 kWh.

The green power purchase program was launched by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2014, on a trial basis. After the three-year trial ends, the ministry can adjust the program as deemed necessary.

The program aims to encourage enterprises and individuals to purchase green power in a bid to promote renewable energy and environmental protection.

Under this policy, Taipower generates green power from renewable sources such as solar panels and wind turbines to supply private enterprises and individuals.

Those who register to buy green power are charged an additional NT$1.06 per kWh above the standard electricity rate for the amount of green power they commit to purchase, according to the ministry.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel