Date: Aug 09, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter
A government-ordered reduction of air conditioning in public buildings could be lifted after a major power plant resumes operations on Sunday, the Executive Yuan said yesterday.
The repair of a transmission tower for the Ho-Ping power plant in Hualien that was downed by Typhoon Nesat on July 29 would be completed by Sunday, and that could bring an end to two weeks of contingency power-saving measures in government buildings, the Executive Yuan said.
The loss of the tower reduced electricity supply by 1.3 gigawatts, or about 4 percent of operating reserves, leading the Cabinet to announce that it wanted the air conditioning in government buildings turned off between 1pm and 3pm on weekdays.
While there was speculation that the energy-conservation measure might be lifted today after a major power generator in Kaohsiung went online, Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said the Cabinet had not made a decision. [FULL STORY]