Lai tells Taipower to prepare for storm

EASING PRESSURE:Taipower chairman Chu Wen-chen said additional power would be added to the grid by new generators, but urged the public to conserve energy

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 13, 2017
By: Lauly Li / Staff reporter

Premier William Lai (賴清德) yesterday urged Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) to be alert and prepare properly for potential power supply disruptions that might be caused by Typhoon Talim, in a bid to prevent nationwide blackouts.

“We could have avoided the Aug. 15 nationwide blackouts if Taipower, CPC Corp, Taiwan [CPC, 台灣中油] and privately owned power plants had communicated and coordinated well,” Lai told a news conference at Taipower’s headquarters in Taipei.

It was his first visit to the state-run utility since being sworn in as premier on Friday last week.

The Cabinet will work closely with Taipower to ensure the safety and stability of the power supply while the nation transforms its energy structure, Lai said.

As a state-run power supplier, Taipower plays a major role in supporting the nation’s economic growth, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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