This article attempts to use quantitative analysis (regression analyses) to analyze renewable energy development in Taiwan from 1980 to the present using the political-economic perspective. This research found that the “Renewable Energy Supply” and the “Renewable Energy Supply/Total Energy Supply” were impacted by political factors (e.g., “Which party wins half of the seats for county magistrates and city mayors in a given year?”) between 1980 and 1999, but were influenced by economic factors (GDP (PPP) from 2000 to 2007. As regards the “Ratio of CO2 Emissions to the Population,” it was impacted by economic factors (GDP (PPP)) from 1980 to 1999 but was influenced by political factors (“Which party wins half of the seats for county magistrates and city mayors in a given year?”) between 2000 and 2007.
Given these findings, this article proposes that future renewable energy development should be decided by the policies of Taiwanese political parties, and future legislation concerning renewable energy should be conducted using objective forms of assessment. The regression analyses indicate that “Which party wins half of the seats for county magistrates and city mayors in a given year?” is an important factor in determining “Renewable Energy Supply,” “Renewable Energy Supply/Total Energy Supply,” and “Ratio of CO2 Emissions to the Population.” Therefore, implementation by local governments is important for future renewable energy development in Taiwan. Finally, regardless of whether the central or local governments are involved, they should cooperate with each other, because the efficiency of the government is important for the future development of renewable energy.
- renewable energy,
- regression analysis,
- Renewable Energy Development Act,
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kuang-cheng_chen/1/