Power supply flashes red as mercury hits year’s high in Taipei

Taipei--With temperatures in Taipei hitting a record high in Taiwan for 2017, power consumption soared Monday, triggering a red-light alert for the country's power supply sector, according to state-owned Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower, ??).

The power supply flashed this year's first red light -- which signals operating reserve margins of below 900,000 kilowatts (about 2.4 percent of the total) -- after temperatures in Taipei hit 38.5 degrees Celsius at 1:57 p.m.

Electricity usage peaked at 36.165 million kW at 2:09 p.m., with an operating reserve margin of 2.34 percent, or 845,200 kW, according to data on Taipower's official website.

As a result, the electricity supply flashed a red light, confirmed Taipower spokesman Lin Te-fu (???).

Under Taipower's five-color electricity consumption warning system, a green light means 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 are below 6 percent.

A red alert means that the power reserves have dropped below 900,000 kW, while a black alert shows that reserves have fallen to less than 500,000 kW, making power rationing necessary.

Taipower predicted that the power supply will continue to flash a red alert Tuesday, as power consumption is expected to peak at 36.2 million kW, with an operating reserve margin of 2.09 percent, or 755,000 kW.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel