Work starts on project for energy independent islandKorea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) had a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday to build facilities on Ulleung Island, North Gyeongsang, to develop it into an energy independent island where clean energy sources like solar, wind and geothermal energy will partially replace currently existing diesel power by 2020. Ulleung Island will be a test-bed for the newest energy technologies such as energy storage system (ESS) and the Internet of Things-enabled energy management system (EMS). The project will be carried out in two phases. Nearly 30 percent of electricity will be supplied via clean energy sources by 2017, and the ESS and EMS systems will come into effect by 2020. About 60 percent of the project is financed by a private sector consortium.
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