By: Chia Lee, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Minister without Portfolio Chang Ching-sen said Thursday that despite the electricity supplies were expected to run tight for this and the next summer, it was unexpected that the heat wave would hit the island this early, and thus did the power crisis.
The state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) on Wednesday warned about tight electricity supplies, after its operating reserve ratio hit a 10-year low amid hot weather a day earlier, according to Central News Agency.
The power usage on Tuesday came to its highest so far this year, when the percentage of operating reserves fell to only 1.64 percent of the peak load at around 2 p.m. in the afternoon, hitting the lowest level in ten years, according to Taipower. [FULL STORY]