Taiwan has taken steps to help stabilize power supply: official

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/11/03
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Nov. 3 (CNA) The Ministry of Economic Affairs said Tuesday that the state-run 201511030038t0001Taiwan Power Company (Taipower, 台灣電力公司) has taken measures to help stabilize the power supply.

The ministry was responding to a warning by the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT, 歐洲商會) that if the power supply cannot be guaranteed, foreign companies will not maintain or increase investments in Taiwan.

Taipower’s operating reserve ratio dropped to below 5 percent during the summer due to water shortages, sparking concerns by business leaders about Taiwan’s future power supply.

The ECCT said in its 2016 position papers issued Tuesday that Taiwan has promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to half of 2005 levels but at present, Taiwan is still heavily reliant on carbon-based fuels, such as oil, coal, and natural gas, which account for 90 percent of the total energy supply.     [FULL  STORY]

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