Conference on Next Generation Power in Asia

Further Cooperation between Taiwan and the U.S. on Accelerating Development of Green Industry

May 14, 2015

After a one-and-a-half-day discussion, the Conference on Next Generation Power in Asia, held by the Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan and American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), successfully concluded on 13 May. The participants from different parties highly recognized the common goal to construct policies for the next generation power to promote the development of safe, efficient, and clean energy in Asia and the importance of enhancing regional energy cooperation. By promoting cooperation and dialogs on aspects such as policy, technology, and industry, this conference will help to promote the framework-building of next generation power in Asia, benefiting the development of photovoltaics, wind power, and smart grid industries.

The opening remarks of the Conference were delivered by Mr. Chen-Chung Deng, the Minister for Ministry of Economic Affairs, and Mr. Christopher J. Marut, the Director of AIT. In addition, Dr. Robert Wang, the U.S. Senior Official for APEC, Department of State, was specially invited to address a keynote speech on the vision of Asia-Pacific cooperation. Presentations were given by 11 energy experts from the U.S. and Taiwan, with discussions involving 35 guests, consisting of the government officials that are responsible for renewable energy and the members of green industry from Asian countries, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea. There were around 220 participants from government, related industries and academia attended the conference.

The Bureau of Energy said that, through the discussion on power policy, photovoltaics, wind power, smart grid, and best practices for the next generation power in Asia, we have reached a consensus on building a sustainable and green society by expanding the use of renewable and clean energy, and we also recognized the importance of the stability and the consistency of policies to finance and investment in green industry. Therefore, to promote renewable energy, Taiwanese government will keep focusing on constructing sound policy framework, setting clear objectives, providing economic incentives, and developing partnerships between public and private sectors as ways of encouraging domestic investments. Maintaining cooperation with foreign countries and creating policy experience exchanging dialogs are also considered as important.

This conference was accompanied by an exhibition to demonstrate accomplishments on photovoltaics, wind power, and smart grid industries of both Taiwan and the U.S. Face-to-face meetings were also arranged to create business and cooperation opportunities for foreign participants and domestic companies. It is hoped that this conference will open up closer cooperation among related industries to jointly promote the development of next generation power, and creating business opportunities in Asia, as well as expanding and deepening bilateral and multilateral energy collaboration in the region.