By: Huang Li-yun and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) Taiwan’s electricity supply was tight on Wednesday, with state-run utility Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) warning of possible power rationing as reserve capacity fell below a key threshold.
The power company estimated it would have an operating reserve margin of only 2.38 percent during peak periods of power usage and that its operating reserve — the amount of power available beyond peak usage — had fallen below 900 megawatts, automatically triggering the warning.
The alert came amid a surge in hot weather that pushed the mercury to an unseasonably warm 30 degrees Celsius around Taiwan.
Cheng Yu-tsai (鄭有財), the Taipower official in charge of power distribution, said peak electricity consumption reached about 3,240 MWs during the period between 11 a.m. and noon, while the maximum power supply capacity was an estimated 3,322.9 MWs for the day. [FULL STORY]