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Shen Jong-chin appointed as acting econ minister

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-08-16

The Cabinet made the decision Wednesday following the resignation of Economics

Shen Jong-chin (Chinese: 沈榮津; pinyin: Chén Róngjīn), currently acting Minister of Economic Affairs, and has been the Administrative Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs (MOEA) of the Republic of China (Taiwan) since 20 May 2016.

Minister Lee Chih-kung. Lee stepped down to take responsibility for a major power outage Tuesday.

The outage hit many parts of Taiwan without warning. Due to human error, six generators at the Tatan Power Plant in Taoyuan shut down unexpectedly.

Also on Wednesday, President Tsai Ing-wen issued an apology to the public on behalf of the government. Tsai promised to review what she called a fragile grid system.

“I want to report to the public. To avoid similar incidents from happening again, our most important task is to ensure a steady [power] supply and to review and strengthen the nation’s infrastructure,” said Tsai.
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Taipei ranked world’s 60th most liveable city

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/08/17
By: Maggie Huang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei has been ranked the world’s 60th best city in the latest ranking, while Melbourne retains the top spot seventh year in a row, according to the 2017 Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Livability Ranking.

The annual survey scores 140 cities worldwide, and ranks the most livable locations on five lifestyle categories, including stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Melbourne topped the list of countries with an overall score of 97.5 out of 100, followed by Vienna, Vancouver, and Toronto. The Canadian city of Calgary is in joint fifth place with Adelaide, Australia. Melbourne has remained among the top three cities in the world since the introduction of the index in 2006.
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Hot weather forecast to ease

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/17
By: Chen Ching-fang and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Aug. 17 (CNA) The hot weather in Taiwan over the past few days will ease off slightly Thursday due to a weakening continental tropical air mass moving north and increased moisture near the country, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

However, daytime high temperatures could hover between 35 degrees Celsius and 36 degrees in the greater Taipei area and Taoyuan in the north, and between 33 and 34 degrees in other areas of the country, according to the CWB.

As of Wednesday, Taipei had already recorded 15 days of temperatures above 37 degrees this year, including eight days recorded this month, according to the CWB data.    [FULL  STORY]

President, premier pledge electricity supply stability

SECURITYWhile the power outage was caused by human error, drills held earlier this month showed the vulnerability of the system to intentional harm

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 17, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Premier Lin Chuan (林全) yesterday apologized

President Tsai Ing-wen yesterday apologizes to the public at the Democratic Progressive Party’s headquarters in Taipei for the nationwide blackouts on Tuesday. Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

for Tuesday’s massive blackouts, while Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) has been appointed to succeed outgoing Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung (李世光).

“On behalf of the government, I apologize for the inconvenience and concerns caused by the power outage. The incident should not have occurred at all,” Tsai said ahead of a Democratic Progressive Party Central Standing Committee meeting.

“Power supply is not simply an issue that affects people’s lives, but is a matter of national security,” she said.

The nation is running on a vulnerable power system that can be easily paralyzed by a natural disaster or human error, so it is the government’s top priority to re-examine and reinforce the nation’s infrastructure to ensure supply stability, but few efforts were made to improve grid reliability over the years, Tsai said.
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Blame game heats up after the lights come back

The China Post
Date: August 17, 2017
By: The China Post

President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday said the culprit behind Tuesday’s massive

Government officials past and present are trading accusations over Tuesday’s blackout.

blackouts was an “obviously fragile power grid” that previous administrations had failed to fix.

“Why is it that our power generation system enables one human error to cause so much damage?” she said at a press conference at the Democratic Progressive Party headquarters on Wednesday.

“The system, whether it be the design and the professionalism of its management, is obviously overly fragile, and after all these years, no proactive measures have been taken to strengthen it. If we continue to face this problem in the incorrect way, our country will face a high level of systemic risk.”

At a rare news conference held before a Central Standing Committee meeting at the party headquarters, Tsai said she would like to apologize to the people of Taiwan on the behalf of her administration for the blackout.    [FULL  STORY]

Sudden power outage affects much of country

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-08-15

A major power outage hit many parts of Taiwan without warning on Tuesday

A shop in Taipei’s Ximen area is left in the dark after a sudden power outage Tuesday afternoon that affected Taiwan’s major cities. (CNA)

afternoon. The outage affected all major cities on the country’s west coast, including Taipei, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung.

State power company Taipower has attributed the blackout to an incident at the Tatan Power Plant in the northern municipality of Taoyuan. It said six generators at the gas-fired plant shut down due to human error. This brought a reduction in output of 4 million kilowatts. This in turn triggered automatic energy conservation measures at relay stations.

Taipower’s website also reported a separate issue at Taichung Power Plant at around 5pm. The Taichung plant is the largest coal-fired power station in the world.
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Taiwan economics minister resigns over blackout

Mass outage caused by human error

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/08/15
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Cabinet accepted the resignation of Economics

Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung resigned over Tuesday’s blackout. (By Central News Agency)

Minister Lee Chih-kung (李世光) Tuesday evening after a massive power outage which knocked out traffic lights, trapped people in elevators and darkened shopping malls and offices across the nation.

The incident was reportedly caused by human error, with the supply of gas to the Datan Power Station in Taoyuan City being interrupted for two minutes just before 5 p.m.

After appearing at a news conference apologizing to the public, Lee handed in his resignation to Premier Lin Chuan (林全) and the latter accepted it, a Cabinet spokesman announced.    [FULL  STORY]

China’s military activities near Taiwan said to be war preparation

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/15
By: Sophia Yeh, Lu Hsin-hui and Elaine Hou

Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) Recent frequent incidents in which Chinese military aircraft

File photo

have flown close to Taiwan indicate that Beijing is preparing for a “partial, limited and non-nuclear war” in the Taiwan Strait, a retired Taiwanese vice admiral said Tuesday.

Kung Chia-cheng (龔家政), former head of the Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, said at an event marking the 72nd anniversary of the end of World War II that the recent Chinese military maneuvers show that China is preparing for a scenario of war in the Taiwan Strait.

Some media reports have described the incidents as a signal from China to the United States and Japan, or part of China’s regular training, Kung noted.
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Gas issues cause nationwide blackout

THE BURDEN OF RESPONSIBILITY:Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung verbally resigned after 6.68 million electricity users nationwide were forced onto power rationing

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 16, 2017
By: Lisa Wang / Staff reporter

A natural gas supply disruption to a major power plant in Taoyuan’s Datan

Buildings around Taipei 101 in Taipei’s Xinyi District are shrouded in darkness during a power outage yesterday evening. Photo: Chung Hung-liang, Taipei Times

Township (大潭) yesterday caused blackouts throughout the nation and subsequent power rationing, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said.
Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung (李世光) resigned from his position to shoulder responsibility.

The Cabinet accepted Lee’s oral resignation immediately.

About 6.68 million users, half of the nation’s 13 million users, faced power rationing from 6pm to 9pm last night as state-run Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) was striving to restore power generation from the plant, Taipower chairman Chu Wen-chen (朱文成) told a media briefing.    [FULL  STORY]

LIVE UPDATES: Power outages hit Taiwan

The China Post
Date: August 15, 2017
By: The China Post

Six generators at a Taoyuan power plant went down at 4:51 p.m., causing power outages nationwide.

(Captured from video)

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

• The economics minister has resigned over the energy crisis
• Power rationing was in place from 6 p.m. to 9:40 p.m., affecting 6.68 million households
• The six offline generators were to be back online at midnight at the earliest

AS IT HAPPENED

10:25 p.m.: This concludes our live coverage of the energy crisis. It was a dramatic day that started with a minor problem at a Hualien power plant. Before it finished, millions of homes had experienced power outages and the economic affairs minister had stepped down.

And that was only the start; the fallout will be significant both in terms of politics and energy policy. There will no doubt be calls for a rethink or at least a delay on the phase-out of nuclear power, and rumors of a Cabinet reshuffle are inevitable.
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