Taiwanese government officials moved a step closer to wind power development by holding a one day technical wind power seminar in Taipei. The wind energy application symposium was jointly arranged by Energy Commission and Industrial Technology Research Institute's (ITRI) Energy & Resources Laboratory. Two speakers from the Danish research institute, Risø National Laboratory, spoke about Danish experience with wind energy and future developments. Taiwanese speakers from Natural Central University led a discussion on wind turbine site selection and the distribution and promotion of wind energy in Taiwan. The government is already conducting wind studies to make a wind atlas which will be used to decide where and how much wind power can be produced in Taiwan. The government is also laying the groundwork for a new law requiring utilities to buy wind electricity at a fixed rate. There are currently four 660 kW Vestas turbines operating in Taiwan, supplied by Vestas agent Total Industrial Ltd. They supply electricity to Formosa Heavy Industries, a subsidiary of Formosa Plastics Group, Taiwan's largest private company and the biggest independent energy developer in the country.
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