The local government of Yilan began exploratory drilling today in Sanxing Township for what it hopes will be Taiwan’s first geothermal power plant, CNA reported. The drilling stage is expected to take six months to complete.
As anti-nuclear power groups have gained sway in the government, Taiwan has sought alternative energy sources to cope with increased consumption.
A geothermal plant was developed in Datong Township in Yilan in the 1980s, but the project closed in 1993. Talks of exploring geothermal energy resurfaced in 2014 and the possibility was touted by the DPP. Academics estimated that 33,640 megawatts could be generated annually.