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Taiwan’s Penghu county and Britain’s Cornwall Council sign ‘green’ pact

Taiwan’s Penghu county government and the Cornwall Council in England signed an agreement to promote and develop smart grids, renewable energy sources and other related technologies.

The agreement, called a “Protocol of Cooperation” between the two local county authorities within their respective countries, calls on the two regions to work closely in developing decarbonizing efforts.

These include improvements in energy saving, power distribution networks, energy storage research and development and mutual industry alliance tie-ups.

“As Taiwan is a global technological leader, we are keen to develop further joint links and realize these business opportunities,” said David Campbell, director of the British Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei.

Jonathan Adey, a leader of the project, said the council is pleased to team up with Penghu on boosting smart grid technologies. “We expect the pact to stimulate partnership between research institutes and companies engaged in the Penghu Low Carbon Island and Smart Cornwall projects.”

Smart grids are playing a critical role in Taiwan’s sustainable development, according to Yeh Kuo-ching, director of public works department at Penghu, an archipelago composed of 64 islands.

“A key component of the plan is a public-private sector venture calling for 56 percent of [Penghu’s] energy needs to be derived from renewable sources,” according to the Penghu county government.

In Penghu, 96 megawatts’ worth of wind farms will be built over the next three years, with plans to increase this to 124 megawatts. Offshore generating schemes may also be built if energy demand rises.

“Smart grids will ultimately allow energy networks to work more effectively, reducing energy costs and usage and allow investment in more renewable energy technologies without relying on upgrades to an ageing national grid infrastructure,” the Cornwall Council said.

For Cornwall, the implementation of smart grids is estimated deliver over 13 billion pounds ($20.77 billion) in economic benefits, while its related exports could reach 5 billion pounds ($8 billion). – EcoSeed Staff



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