The China Post
Date: April 16, 2015
By: John Liu
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The ongoing water shortage has had an impact on the nation’s hydroelectric and fossil-fuel power generation, and as several power plants are set to perform annual maintenance next month, the nation may need to brace for power cuts as early as May.
The announcement was made by Wu Yu-chen (吳玉珍), deputy director-general of the Bureau of Energy, under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). With the national power grid’s operating reserve expected to dip to 3.3 percent in May, rotational rationing may be implemented in the month.
The operating reserve is the generating capacity available to meet short-term demand if a generator goes down. The 3.3-percent is the lowest rate for Taiwan in 10 years, according to Taiwan Power Company (Taipower), the nation’s utility provider.
The operating reserve may further plummet to 1.7 percent if the First Nuclear Power Plant, which currently undergoes annual maintenance, is not put back online in time. The operating reserve reached its lowest point of 8.9 percent in May last year. [FULL STORY]