About the Observer

Tim Ferry is an American journalist based in Taiwan. Formerly the associate editor of Taiwan Business TOPICS magazine, he has been covering Taiwan’s energy sector, in particular its energy transition, for over 10 years.

Taiwan is amid a sweeping US$100 billion energy transition that is revolutionizing how the island produces and consumes energy. Under the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan is rapidly moving to completely terminate its nuclear sector and curtail much of its coal-fired power and replace them with vast expansion of LNG-fired power and renewable energy by 2025. 

Taiwan is the first mover in offshore wind outside of China and is spearheading the industry’s drive into the APAC region with a planned 5,700 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind. Taiwan is also adding 20 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV, and has already reached 5,800MW by early 2021. 

Challenges are mounting, however. Solar is going more slowly than expected, and several offshore wind projects have been stalled due to regulatory issues as well as local protests. While the island professes to be looking to rid itself of nuclear power, it has made almost no progress in its first decommissioning project of the Chinshan First Nuclear Power Plant, which remains fueled despite being in a decommissioning state due to the lack of spent fuel storage. 

Tim Ferry is an American journalist based in Taiwan. Formerly the associate editor of Taiwan Business TOPICS magazine, he has been covering Taiwan’s energy sector, in particular its energy transition, for over 10 years.