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Air Pollution Caused by Coal-fired Power Plant in Middle Taiwan

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Abstract

Achieving goals of industrial development and environmental sustainability is not the zero-sum game. But, contradiction exists between energy and air pollution. Taichung City, located in central Taiwan, has a world's second largest thermal power plant, carbon emissions ranked first in the world, a plant supply about 19% of Taiwan's electricity consumption, emissions of coal in the air, of course, lead to serious air pollution in Taichung and neighboring areas. 15% of the Taichung city's PM2.5 is discharged from the Taichung thermal power plant. The air quality information provided by the government is open and transparent. When the air pollution is serious, people demanded more and more from the government for clean air quality and require local governments to put pressure on coal-fired power plants. "2C", It's a dilemma to want cheap energy and clean air. Through the focus group discussion, integrating the best interests of the four groups: electricity producer, governments, experts and environmental groups, people, is possible but difficult. Different interest groups must compromise, in order to achieve the multiple goals on low electricity prices, low air pollution and good health.

DOI 10.11648/j.ijepe.20170606.15
Published in International Journal of Energy and Power Engineering (Volume 6, Issue 6, December 2017)
Page(s) 121-124
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Keywords

Coal-fired Power Plant, Air Pollution, PM 2.5, Coal to Gas (CTG)

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  • Department of Business Administration, Asia University, Taichung, Chinese Taipei

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