Taiwan Today: Shen’ao power plant negotiations still ongoing, Taiwan to seek 100% renewable energy by 2030

According to local media reports, the Cabinet was considering stopping the expansion work at the Shen'ao plant, pending approval by Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德), after the Presidential Office intervened in the matter due to strong public criticism.

Shen’ao power plant negotiations still ongoing

Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) said Thursday that the government will continue to “negotiate” with residents of Rueifang District in New Taipei to dispel their fears about the planned reopening and expansion of a  decommissioned coal-fired power plant in the area.

“Our responsibility is to negotiate, negotiate and negotiate with them, with compassion, before going ahead with the plan,” Shen said at a news conference, when asked about the government’s plans for the controversial Shen’ao Power Plant.

According to local media reports, the Cabinet was considering stopping the expansion work at the plant, pending approval by Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德), after the Presidential Office intervened in the matter due to strong public criticism.

The Presidential Office, meanwhile, denied any interference, saying that the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is responsible for making a decision based on its authority and professionalism.

Taiwan urged to seek 100% renewable energy by 2030

An internationally renowned energy and climate advisor suggested Thursday that Taiwan should introduce more policies to accelerate and scale up its energy transition, with the goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.

“Transiting to 100 percent renewable is not a far away target. It is the main strategy in many nations,” Hans-Josef Fell, founder and president of the Berlin-based Energy Watch Group, said in a keynote speech at an international forum on new energy in Taipei.

Hans-Josef Fell, founder and president of the Berlin-based Energy Watch Group, said he was happy to see Taiwan embark on it own energy transition toward a nuclear-free homeland seven years after he discussed related issues with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) when she led an opposition Democratic Progressive Party delegation to Berlin in 2011.

Tsai has pledged to decommission Taiwan’s nuclear power plants, which now generate 9.3 percent of the nations electricity, by 2025, and switch to a mix of 50 percent liquefied natural gas, 30 percent coal and 20 percent renewable energy, which currently accounts for 4.9 percent.

U.K. parliamentary group backs Taichung for 2019 youth games

A pro-Taiwan British parliamentary group urged the East Asian Olympic Committees (EAOC) Wednesday to reinstate the right of Taichung to host the East Asian Youth Games (EAYG) in Taiwan next year as quickly as possible.

Member of Parliament Nigel Evans and Lord Rogan, deputy speaker in the House of Lords, made the call in a statement regarding the EAOC’s decision to revoke Taichung’s right to host the games.

“As the co-chairs of the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group, we are dismayed to learn that members of the East Asian Olympic Committees voted in an extraordinary council meeting in Beijing on 24 July to revoke the right of Taichung City to host the first-ever East Asian Youth Games in Taiwan from 24 to 31 August in 2019,” the statement said.

Taiwan recalls 24 million tainted heart medicine tablets

Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration Thursday ordered a recall of 24.21 million tablets of heart medicine valsartan supplied by China’s Zhuhai Rundu Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. that have been found to be tainted.

The recall was instigated after it was discovered that the valsartan supplied by the Chinese company contained N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which is a potential carcinogen.

The four types of medicines affected are the Valsart F.C. Tab. 160mg, Valsart F.C.Tab. 80 mg, Asartan F.C. Tab. 5/80mg and the Valsart-H F.C. Tablets 80/12.5mg, produced by Taiwan’s Standard Chem & Pharm C., Ltd.

The latest recall follows an earlier recall in July when more than 10 million tablets from six types of valsartan medicine supplied by another Chinese company, Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals were similarly tainted by NDMA.

Father collects belongings of HK girl murdered in Taiwan: prosecutor

The belongings of a 21-year-old girl from Hong Kong who police believe was murdered by her boyfriend during a trip to Taiwan in February were recently claimed by her father, according to Taiwan Shilin District Prosecutors Office (TSDPO)  Thursday.

A source with information on the matter said the victim’s father Monday also collected the remains of the unborn baby his daughter was carrying at the time of her death, though that had not been confirmed by the authorities as of press time.

The boyfriend, surnamed Chan, and victim surnamed Poon came to Taiwan in February and checked into the Purple Garden Hotel in Taipei’s Datong District.

However, it is reported that the couple were involved in a heated argument which police believe could have led to the murder, after which Chan is believed to have dumped her body near Zhuwei MRT Station.

Taipei Police found the body on March 13 after Chan had left the country. The case is currently being investigated by the TSDPO.

An autopsy revealed the remains of the three-month-old fetus.

Taiwan’s prosecutors have already asked the authorities in Hong Kong to provide a sample of Chan’s DNA to confirm whether he was the father, but they have not yet replied.