Blowing in the wind? Assessing the performance of Taiwan as a lead market for offshore wind power in the Asia Pacific

Offshore wind power is an emerging source of renewable energy in the Asia-Pacific region. Taiwan
has played an important role as a lead-market for offshore wind power in the region by implementing
policies that have drawn substantial investment into the region by multinational offshore wind power
developers. This project seeks to answer two questions: 1) What were the political conditions that led
to the passing of policies supporting the development of a domestic offshore wind power industry in
Taiwan? 2) To what extent have Taiwanese policies, and in particular local content requirements,
supported the development of an indigenous capability in offshore wind power technologies?
The research proposed here has the potential for long-term value and impact, including to Australia,
by highlighting Taiwan’s role in the development of a regional offshore wind power industry, and
providing insights into how policymakers in the region are designing policies to promote indigenous
capabilities in renewable energy industries. The research also matters to Australia because
Australian companies are benefiting from the development of the Taiwan offshore wind sector.

Image credit: United Nations Photos/Flickr

Grant round: 2018

Investigators:

Llewelyn Hughes

Crawford School of Public Policy, College of Asia & the Pacific

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