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Water

Currently, 74.9% of water supplied is used for agricultural purposes, 16.1% for livelihood, and 9% for industrial purposes. In case of drought, the government generally leaves farmlands fallow to ensure adequate water supply for industrial use.

Water fees are lower in Taiwan than in many other countries. The water cost components can be summarized as follows:

Taipei City

The total water fee is comprised of the following charges:

Taiwan Province and Kaohsiung City

The total water fee is comprised of the following charges:

Unit: NT$/per month

Water meter pipe caliber (mm) Basic water charge
13 17.85
20 35.7
25 66.15
40 196.35
50 357
75 963.9
100 1,909.95
150 5,301.45
200 10,531.5
250 18,599.7
300 29,184.75
350 41,626.2
≧400 58,119.6

Source: Taiwan Water Corporation

Electricity

To ensure the future supply of electricity to this densely populated and highly industrialized country, Taiwan Power Company (TPC) has been persistently expanding its power system to meet the ever growing demand. The installed capacity was 41,037 MW as of 2015. To vitalize the electricity market and also encourage the competition, the government started awarding the permit to private Independent Power Producer (IPP) in 1995. Nine private thermal power plants had been commissioning since then with installed capacity being 7,650 MW by the end of 2015. With sufficient reserve margin at hand, a shortage of power is not a particular issue in Taiwan. Moreover, the government has been implementing a "999 plan" since July 2005, the reliability and quality of power supply can be further secured.

Installed nameplate capacity
Classification Installed nameplate capacity
(KW)
Constituent ratio
(%)
Increase Rate compared with last year
(%)
Pumped-storage water 2,602 6.3 0.0
Fossil-fuel power 29,268 71.3 -1.9
Neclear 5,144 12.5 0.0
Renewable energy 4,023 9.8 6.6
Total 41,037 100.0 0.6

Note: 4,023KW of Renewable energy includes 2,089KW of hydroelectric power, 642KW of wind power, 669KW of solar energy and 623KW of others.

The electricity charge to industrial and commercial customers with larger loads includes two parts, namely, the demand charge and energy charge. Because Taiwan is geographically located in a sub-tropical region, the demand for electricity is much higher in summer than in winter. Besides, the loads appear fluctuation in different time periods. To cope with the cost reflective principle, the tariff is differentiated by seasons and time of use as follows:

Electricity services can be divided into low tension and high tension. Below is the table used to determine which electricity services are applicable for a particular purpose:

Type of Service Classification Applicability Sample
Low Tension Service Power Service For lights, small appliances, and power used for industrial/non-industrial purposes with contracted demand of less than 100 kW Supermarkets, medium-size markets, medium-size institutions and schools

Small and medium-size factories
High Tension Service High Tension Service For lights, small appliances, and power used for industrial/non-industrial purposes with contracted demand of 100 kW or more Large factories, institutions, schools, banks, and shopping malls
Extra High Tension Service   Mega factories, rapid transit, and airports

Note: Taiwan Power Company provides Time of Use Rates(TOU and Non-TOU) for commercial customers of less power usage. Please visit Taiwan Power Company website (https://www.taipower.com.tw/en/index.aspx) for relevant contents.

Low Tension Power Service

  1. New application is unacceptable for Installed nameplate capacity as the contracted capacity usage.
  2. All rates have included 5% Value-added Business Tax and total amount is calculated by the rate of the above table.
  3. Utilities expenses of the value-added business tax exemption customers is the total amount divided by 1.05.
  4. Please visit Taiwan Power Company website(https://www.taipower.com.tw/en/index.aspx) for detailed price table.

 

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