By: Huang Chiao-wen and Elaine Hou
Taipei, May 29 (CNA) Taiwan’s electricity reserve margin fell to its lowest level in 10 years on Friday due to people using air conditioners amid soaring temperatures and a reduced supply of electricity caused by failures in several generators at a power plant.
The electricity reserve margin fell to 3.17 percent of the amount generated by all of Taiwan’s power plants each day as of Friday afternoon, the lowest in a decade, Taiwan’s state-owned Taiwan Power Co. said.
An ideal reserve margin is typically at 10 percent although Taiwan has operated on margins much lower than the preferred margin in the past.
Electricity use soared on Friday as Taipei registered a daytime high of 35.7 degrees Celsius, the highest in the capital so far this year. [FULL STORY]