Taiwan rejects 6GW offshore wind plans

The island’s environmental regulator says developers need to re-submit impact analyses for review by the end of September.

The environmental impact assessments of a 6GW offshore wind portfolio comprising nine proposed projects has failed to pass a committee review by Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration. 

The proposals cover four wind farms being developed by Denmark’s Dong Energy, two by Singapore’s Yushan Energy and Canada’s Northland Power, and three by domestic developer Swancor Holding Company. 

All of the proposed plants are planned to be built off the coast of Changhua County, which is located on the west coast of the island and endowed with a windy clime. 

The authority said the developers did not provide adequate information and analyses of the potential environmental impacts on migrating birds and wildlife; nor did their proposals include effective response measures, it added. 

The regulator thus required them to re-submit more detailed assessments by the end of September. It also suggested the developers set up a joint management platform to monitor future environmental impacts. 

The developers are aiming to pass the assessments by the end of the year to receive development approval. Taiwan expects to have 3GW of offshore plants up and running by 2025, building on the first two offshore wind turbines installed since October.

Australia’s Macquarie Capital is currently co-developing a pilot offshore wind plant with DONG Energy and Swancor while Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners also committed to invest in a 1.5GW wind portfolio this May.