Taiwan’s power consumption hits year’s new high on Thursday

Taipei--Electricity consumption in Taiwan on Thursday recorded its new high for this year due to continued high temperatures througout the country and only limited afternoon showers, state-owned Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) said.

Electricity usage peaked at 35.749 million kilowatts at 1:43 p.m. Thursday, with the operating reserve margin falling to 4.57 percent, or 1.64 million kW, flashing an orange light for the ninth time so far this month.

According to Taipower statistics, Thursday's power consumption was the fourth-highest ever recorded by the state-owned company, Taiwan's sole electricity supplier.

The previous three records all fell in July last year, with the highest of 36.199 million kW recorded on July 28, followed by the 35.987 million kW on July 29, and the 35.821 million kW on July 27.

Under Taipower's electricity warning system, a green light shows an operating reserve margin of above 10 percent, which is considered healthy, while an orange light indicates the power reserve has fallen below 6 percent, a red alert signals that it has dropped to less than 900,000 kW, and a black alert means it has fallen to less than 500,000 kW, making power rationing necessary.

Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council