OFFICIAL OUTAGE:The Taichung generator restarted last night and might reach full capacity today, while the Hualien transmission tower will likely be repaired on Sunday
Date: Aug 07, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter
The Executive Yuan yesterday disputed a media report that Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung (李世光) and Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) chairman Chu Wen-chen (朱文成) would have to step down in the event of a power outage, while the repair of a major power station in Taichung is hoped to ease the impending shortage.
According to a report yesterday by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (sister newspaper of the Taipei Times), Lee and Chu might have to resign over possible electricity rationing expected to be announced this week.
The collapse of a Ho-Ping Power Co transmission tower in Hualien County on July 29 caused by Typhoon Nesat and Tropical Storm Haitang has reduced electricity supply by 1.3 million kilowatts, or about 4 percent of the operating reserve.
That was followed on Saturday by the breakdown of a power generator at the Taichung Power Plant, which further reduced the operating reserve by 1.5 percent.