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