Taipei, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 07:29 (GMT+8)
mostly cloudy
Taipei
27°C
Commentary: Does Taiwan need another nuclear power plant?
Jackie Chang, DIGITIMES, Taipei [Tuesday 26 February 2013]

Taiwan is building its fourth nuclear power plant. The main island of Taiwan is only 36,193 square kilometers and already houses three nuclear power plants - two of them in New Taipei City in northern Taiwan and one located in Pintung County in the south. Now, the government is eager to begin operating the fourth one, which is also located in New Taipei City, despite activists' grave concerns about its safety.

If the fourth nuclear plant gets the green light to operate, it means there will be three running nuclear power plants in the city, the most densely pouplated on in Taiwan, where the population density is high.

Just how small Taiwan's main island is? Taiwan has a land mass smaller than Bhutan and larger than Belgium. It is just a bit bigger than Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Taiwan has a population of about 23 million, with almost half of them living in northern Taiwan.

Recently, the parliament is reviewing a proposal for an additional NT$40 billion (US$134 million) budget for the new plant and this has reignited a debate over the necessity of a fourth nuclear power plant. The construction budget was originally set at around NT$169.7 billion but due to delays and other reasons, the spending will have to increase to NT$330 billion.

Currently, the three nuclear power plants support 20% of total electricity need in Taiwan, according Global Post, a US-based news media.

Taiwan's average electricity price is low, currently around NT$3.04/kWh, compared to many developed countries such as Denmark, Germany, and the US. Instead of developing renewable energy sources through strong policy support, the Taiwan government is keen to continue relying on nuclear power.

Taiwan is a solar product producer country but the number of domestic solar PV installations is low. The solar firms in Taiwan do not have government support and have been struggling to expand into the international market and instead of helping the industry to build strong brands or provide generous subsidies to promote domestic installations to reduce the burden on burning coal or using nuclear to produce electricy, the government plans to invest more money into a fourth nuclear power plant.

Realtime news
  • Sony Mobile to focus on high-end smartphones, will decrease ODM orders, say Taiwan makers

    Mobile + telecom | 8h 46min ago

  • Taiwan market: Meizu likely to launch smartphone MX4

    Mobile + telecom | 8h 49min ago

  • Tablet panel pricing for 7-inch units remains flat in mid-September

    Displays | 8h 50min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Japan TV vendors see their proportion of 50-inch and above size Ultra HD TV sales drop

    Displays | 8h 54min ago

  • Great Wall plans to start fund raising for solar investments, says report

    Before Going to Press | 9h 3min ago

  • Argument between China vendors shows weakening of China smartphone industry, says report

    Before Going to Press | 9h 58min ago

  • Tablet panel pricing for 7-inch units remains flat in mid-September

    Before Going to Press | 10h 22min ago

  • Digitimes Research: TV vendors see their proportion of 50-inch and above size Ultra HD TV sales drop

    Before Going to Press | 10h 23min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Taiwan makers continue to focus on production of a-Si panels for use in the high-end smartphone panel segment

    Before Going to Press | 10h 23min ago

  • Xian SinoChip reportedly uses Powerchip foundry services

    Before Going to Press | 10h 23min ago

  • LCD monitor pricing increases in September

    Before Going to Press | 10h 27min ago

  • Notebook demand weakening in 2H14 partly due to Apple new devices

    Before Going to Press | 10h 28min ago

  • TSMC Solar president reportedly to resign

    Before Going to Press | 10h 28min ago

  • Taiwan market: Microsoft to launch Xbox One

    Before Going to Press | 10h 30min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Alibaba faced with operational difficulties

    Before Going to Press | 10h 31min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Apple uses iPad, iPhone models extend music business model started by iPod

    Before Going to Press | 10h 35min ago

  • LG to announce new smartphone with in-house AP, says report

    Before Going to Press | 10h 37min ago

Pause
 | 
View more
UHD TV market forecast, 2014-2017
DIGITIMES Marketing Services
DIGITIMES Translation Services
  • 2014 global high brightness LED market, trends and shipment forecast

    For the global LED lighting market, the market size will reach US$25.82 billion in 2014 or a market penetration rate of 23.4%. This is attributable to exponential shipment growth for light bulbs, tubes, and directional lamps.

  • Greater China touch panel shipment forecast through 2015

    This Special Report provides forecasts through 2015 for Greater China touch panel shipments with breakdowns based on technology (glass, film, resistive), application (smartphone, NB and tablet) and by firm.

  • 2014 global tablet demand forecast

    This report analyzes the main players, their strategies and shipments forecasts for 2014, as well as other factors contributing to either growth or decline in various segments within the tablet market, with a particular focus on Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft, along with whitebox vendors.