- Why do we need offshore wind?
Offshore wind is a clean, safe, reliable way to power our homes, schools, and businesses. If we develop offshore wind, we can create thousands of jobs nationwide while helping our nation retire the dirty coal-fired power plants that make us sick. Harnessing the power of wind off our coasts will allow Taiwan to power our country with clean, domestic energy and move beyond coal.
- What are the benefits of offshore wind?
Offshore wind produces no air or water pollution as it generates electricity. Coal plants, by contrast, pollute our air with soot and smog that cause or worsen respiratory illnesses, heart disease, and asthma. Coal plants also dirty our water with toxic mercury that can cause birth defects, neurological disorders, and developmental delays in children.
- How does offshore wind compare to coal?
The cost of coal is rising, while the cost of renewables like wind is dropping every year. Offshore wind can replace our reliance on dirty coal by providing an affordable, reliable, and renewable source of energy.
- Is there proof that offshore wind works?
Europe has been harnessing the power of offshore wind for twenty years and is a leader in offshore wind energy. In 2013, eleven European countries had a total of 69 offshore wind farms, powering the continent with 6,562 megawatts (MW) of wind power, with another 3 GW under development.
- Does offshore wind energy create jobs?
A 500 MW wind farm would create 400 permanent jobs and 2,000 construction jobs for residents of the areas near the wind farm.
- How reliable is offshore wind power?
Offshore wind is strongest during the day and late afternoon, when our demand for electricity is highest. Other renewable resources, like land-based wind, are often strongest during the night. It is important to use a diverse portfolio of renewable resources, including offshore wind, land-based wind, and solar. These various energy sources, strongest at different times of day and in different areas, complement each other for a robust energy supply.
- How does offshore wind compare to onshore wind?
Wind resources are stronger and more reliable over our oceans, meaning offshore wind turbines generate more electricity. Since the wind resources are stronger, offshore wind turbines can be significantly larger than onshore turbines and produce more power per turbine. By combining the power of our country’s land-based and offshore wind, we will be able to significantly reduce our use of dirty, polluting fossil fuels.
- Is offshore wind cheaper than other sources?
The cost of offshore wind continues to fall as the industry matures. Though offshore wind has a higher upfront cost, utilities can lock in a stable energy price for decades, since the “fuel” (i.e., wind) is free. While fossil fuels are increasing in cost and continuing to harm public health, clean and reliable offshore wind can power our country at a stable, affordable rate for years.
- Will I see the turbines from shore?
Offshore wind farms are typically located between five and 15 miles from shore. At that distance, they are about as wide as a toothpick and create minimal impact to shoreline views.
- What do developers do to protect wildlife?
Studies are undertaken to fully understand and mitigate any possible impacts of offshore wind on seabirds and marine life. Wind farms have been found to help fish populations: turbines create artificial reefs, which provide an increase in fish habitat. Developers have developed techniques to minimize sound pollution to avoid harming marine mammals.
- Why offshore wind farms?
Taiwan has a huge offshore wind resource which is currently virtually untapped. Offshore sites have the potential to accommodate large numbers of the most powerful wind turbines and thus have the potential to make large contributions to Taiwan’s green, renewable energy supply.
- What colour are offshore turbines?
The upper section of offshore wind turbines are normally painted a light grey colour. It may be required, for the purposes of navigational safety, to have the lower sections of offshore turbines painted yellow to make the turbines easily visible to shipping.
- Are offshore wind farms dangerous for shipping?
Safety at sea is of paramount importance to Yushan Energy. Shipping transport studies are being undertaken and much work is being done in respect of fully understanding the major traffic pattern. This information and any mitigation measures identified as necessary for navigational safety are fully implemented in the design of an offshore wind farm.
- How do offshore wind farms affect fishing?
It is very important that offshore wind farms are developed in a sensitive way, taking into account other users of the sea. During the Development phase we will be looking at issues such as what types of fishing can take place within a wind farm, and the best way for the industries to coexist.
- What is the life span of the wind farm?
The turbines and other plant have a warranted life-span of about 20 years, as on land. However with larger turbines being specifically designed for the marine environment and improvements seen on service and maintenance, it could be expected that the windfarm would operate for up to 25 years.