Ørsted wins 920MW of offshore wind projects in Taiwan through auction
The Danish energy company, Ørsted, has won the 920MW of offshore wind capacity in Taiwan through a wind auction.
The wind farms, located in Changhua, were listed in the auction by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
“Following a highly competitive auction process, we’re very pleased with adding further value-creating capacity in Changhua,” remarked Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President and CEO of Ørsted Wind.
“The outcome of the auction proves once again that when governments commit to ambitious buildout targets and create stable, transparent and good framework conditions, the offshore wind industry will deliver.”
The additional offshore wind farms have increased the Danish firm’s total in-pipeline capacity in Changhua to 1.82GW.
900MW of offshore wind farm capacity was granted to the company earlier this year in April.
“Ørsted has come to Taiwan and set-up its Asia-Pacific hub here,” stated Matthias Bausenwein, General Manager of Asia-Pacific at Ørsted.
“We are very happy to see the offshore wind industry in Taiwan mature and to be able to significantly contribute to this development.”
“With the additional projects in 2025, we have a solid pipeline on which we will further strengthen our local presence.”
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.