President, premier pledge electricity supply stability

SECURITYWhile the power outage was caused by human error, drills held earlier this month showed the vulnerability of the system to intentional harm

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 17, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Premier Lin Chuan (林全) yesterday apologized

President Tsai Ing-wen yesterday apologizes to the public at the Democratic Progressive Party’s headquarters in Taipei for the nationwide blackouts on Tuesday. Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

for Tuesday’s massive blackouts, while Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) has been appointed to succeed outgoing Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung (李世光).

“On behalf of the government, I apologize for the inconvenience and concerns caused by the power outage. The incident should not have occurred at all,” Tsai said ahead of a Democratic Progressive Party Central Standing Committee meeting.

“Power supply is not simply an issue that affects people’s lives, but is a matter of national security,” she said.

The nation is running on a vulnerable power system that can be easily paralyzed by a natural disaster or human error, so it is the government’s top priority to re-examine and reinforce the nation’s infrastructure to ensure supply stability, but few efforts were made to improve grid reliability over the years, Tsai said.

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