Jul 31, 2017 General Comments Off on Taiwan could face a power shortage crisis
Taiwan could face a power shortage crisis. That's after an electricity transmission tower in Hualien county collapsed when Typhoon Nesat hit the island Saturday.
Speaking on Monday at a press conference, Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung admitted that there will be difficulties in supplying electricity as it takes two weeks to repair the damaged tower. Lee said the economics ministry has mapped out plans to prevent a crisis.
It is estimated that Taiwan's state-run power company -- Taipower -- is 1.3 million KWs short in its overall electricity supply following the collapse, including supply to the Greater Taipei area.
To cut electricity use, the Cabinet has instructed all government agencies to turn off air conditioners during peak hours. Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung said on Monday that electric fans will be used instead from noon to 3:00 pm or from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Hsu said hospitals are an exception.
The government is also calling on the public to limit their electricity use in the next two weeks to prevent a crisis.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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