Government to boost investment in Penghu low carbon project

Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) The central government will be investing a total of NT$45 billion (US$1.48 billion)by 2025 to make Penghu a green energy-powered county, Premier Lai Ching-te said on Saturday during a visit to the island county. Lai reiterated the commitment of the President Tsai Ing-wen administration to implement renewable energy and other environmentally friendly measures in Penghu during his visit to check on its promotion of electric scooters. In his speech, the premier noted that the central government initiated the "Penghu Low Carbon Island" project in 2012 to turn Penghu into a world-class low-carbon island devoted to tourism and has invested NT$8.09 billion in the project over the past five years. According to Lai, the government will spend an additional NT$19 billion by 2020 to develop infrastructure in the county, and add another NT$18 billion in investment after that to bring the total to NT$45 billion by 2025. The goal, he said, is to power every household in Penghu with renewable energy. Lai also pledged an additional NT$1.2 billion in spending to help with advertising and getting Penghu ready as it prepares to host the annual meeting of the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World in September and October 2018.