Monday, April 16, 2018

Taiwan: Government Urged to Build Geothermal Power Plant Instead of Coal-Fired Plant

Forum proposes geothermal power plant for Shenao (The Taipei Times)

The government should stop planning coal-fired facilities at the Shenao Power Plant and instead consider a geothermal energy plant, environmentalist Kao Cheng-yan (高成炎) told an annual meeting of Taiwanese non-governmental organizations (NGOs) yesterday.

Kao, who was one of two people to be granted a lifetime achievement award at this year’s meeting, yesterday urged the government to replace the two coal-fired generators planned at the Shenao plant with geothermal facilities in a bid to avoid more air pollution and carbon emissions from coal combustion.

The plant’s planned location is only about 7km from the volcanic Keelung Islet (基隆嶼) and is thus well-situated to host a geothermal plant, he said.