Taipei--Electricity consumption spiked in Taiwan on Wednesday, triggering a low reserve warning, as temperatures soared past 35 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country, according to the state-owned Taiwan Power Company (Taipower).
Under the influence of a Pacific high pressure weather system, the temperature in Taipei climbed to a high of 35.5 degrees Celsius for the second time this year, after hitting the same mark on April 10, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
Nationwide, electricity consumption peaked at 34.135 million kilowatts at 1:42 p.m. Wednesday, with the operating reserve margin falling to 3.67 percent, or 1.253 million kilowatts, Taipower said.
The low reserve level triggered an orange warning, which flashes when it falls below 6 percent.
With two of the country's three operational nuclear power plants closed for maintenance, Taipower said, it had to use hydroelectric power sources and put two emergency generators into operation to deal with the consumption surge.
In anticipation of a continued strain on the country's power supply this summer, Taipower applied Wednesday to the Cabinet's Atomic Energy Council (AEC) to resume operations at the third nuclear power plant on completion of maintenance work on one of the reactors.
The previous day, the AEC gave approval for Taipower to resume operations at the second nuclear power plant, which had also been closed for maintenance on its reactors.
Under Taipower's electricity warning system, an orange alert flashes when the power reserve falls 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 and power rationing will be necessary.