Taiwan’s Prime Minister Sean Chen has ordered the Ministry of Economic Affairs to form a special task force aimed at establishing a nationwide smart grid, according to a report in Taiwan Today.
“In response to the adoption of renewable energies, as well as energy conservation and carbon reduction trends worldwide, countries around the globe have begun to upgrade their electricity supply networks to smart grids,” the publication quoted him as saying. “The ... government has listed the establishment of a smart grid as part of the energy conservation and carbon reduction project.”
Taiwan Today reports that Chen made the comments following a briefing by the Ministry of Economic Affairs on its smart grid plans.
The prime minister is reported to believe a smart grid could take pressure off Taiwan’s power plants by regulating the use of energy at particular times of the day, helping to reduce carbon emissions at the same time.
A government-backed smart grid plan would also help to shore up the Taiwanese economy, with many IT companies on the island already involved in manufacturing smart grid meter components.
Taiwan Today reports that the economics minister will convene the task force, which is to include officials from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Atomic Energy Council, the Council for Economic Planning and Development, the Cabinet’s Board of Science and Technology and state-run Taiwan Power Co. (ST-THN).