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Moving from onshore towards offshore, opening up a new blue Ocean Strategy

Taiwan is small in area but densely populated, and two-thirds of lands are covered by mountains leading to difficulty in developing wind farms. Since most domestic areas with better wind energy resources have been developed or planned, and western waters of Taiwan have been rated by the international engineering consulting firm 4C Offshore as the world's best offshore wind farms, "offshore wind power" becomes the focus of active development in order to pursue a more stable source of wind energy.

However, development of offshore wind farm in the preliminary stage has high technical difficulties and high building costs. In addition, there is no prior development case of offshore wind farm in Taiwan and thereby lacking related marine engineering experience. Therefore, the Ministry of Economic Affairs studied international wind power generation cases and then decided to start with a small-scale leading offshore wind farm demonstration plan. The "Offshore Wind Power Demonstration Incentive Program" was drawn up in accordance with the provisions of Paragraph 2 of Article 11 of the "Renewable Energy Development Act" to encourage the industry to establish offshore demonstration wind farms with the approach of budget subsidy. The Program has been promulgated on July 3, 2012 as an important basis to push forward the development of offshore wind power.