Taipei, Power consumption in Taiwan reached an all-time high of 36.7 million kilowatts on Wednesday, even before the start of summer, according to Taiwan Power Company (Taipower).
The power consumption peaked at 1:50 p.m., beating the record 36.453 million kilowatts recorded on Aug. 15, 2017 and leaving the country with an operating reserve margin of 4.23 percent.
The reserve margin triggered an orange alert, the third highest in Taipower's five-level system, as it fell to just 1.29 million kilowatts above the red alert level.
Under Taipower's five-color coded electricity supply warning system, a green light means the operating reserve margins are above 10 percent, a yellow light represents power reserves of between 10 percent and 6 percent, while an orange light indicates that the reserves have fallen below 6 percent.
A red alert means that the power reserves have dropped below 900,000 kWs, while a black alert indicates that the reserves have fallen to less than 500,000 kWs and power rationing has become necessary.
Under the influence of a strong Pacific high pressure system in the area, temperatures shot up Wednesday to 37 degrees Celsius in Taipei and over 34 degrees in central and southern Taiwan.
Although the demand for power is expected to remain high in the days ahead, the orange alert is not likely to change once the operating reserve margin remains between 3 percent and 4 percent, said Cheng You-tsai (???), deputy superintendent of Taipower's central coordination.
Meanwhile, Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (???) said the country's electricity supply would remain stable despite expected high temperatures in summer and that he was not anticipating any need for government agencies to impose power rationing.
"Several generators will be put back into the system in July and August after maintenance is complete, which would boost the operating reserve margin to about 6 percent and ease the power supply situation," Shen said.
Vice Minister of Economic Affair Kung Ming-hsin (???) also said that "theoretically, Taiwan will not lack electricity or water this year."
He said southern Taiwan is experiencing a dry spell but the water supply in the rest of the country remains stable.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel