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Energies 2009, 2(3), 623-645;

Energy Policy in Taiwan: Historical Developments, Current Status and Potential Improvements

Energy and Environment Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu 310, Taiwan
Department of Resources Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan
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Received: 31 May 2009 / Revised: 21 July 2009 / Accepted: 5 August 2009 / Published: 10 August 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Policy)
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Recognizing the importance of energy as a vital component in economic development, the Taiwanese government has been continuously revising its energy policy, seeking to balance economic development, energy supply, and environmental protection (3E). Some measures, in an attempt to achieve the 3E balance, were previously implemented in Taiwan; nevertheless, some unresolved issues departing from certain core principles of Taiwan’s sustainable energy policy and an international initiative for a low carbon society remain. The aim of this paper is to examine the energy supply and demand structure of Taiwan and the present status of individual energy carriers (including coal, petroleum, natural gas and electricity). In addition, it investigates the current energy policy framework and its implementation in Taiwan, identifies unresolved issues regarding sustainable energy development, and formulates key policy solutions for certain identifiable problems to enable the achievement of a liberalized, orderly, efficient, and clean energy supply and demand system. View Full-Text
Keywords: economic development; energy policy; sustainable energy development economic development; energy policy; sustainable energy development

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Huang, Y.-H.; Wu, J.-H. Energy Policy in Taiwan: Historical Developments, Current Status and Potential Improvements. Energies 2009, 2, 623-645.

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