Taipei, Power consumption in Taiwan reached an all-time high of 36.85 million kilowatts Tuesday, according to state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower).
Consumption peaked at 1:50 p.m., beating the record 36.771 million kilowatts recorded May 30 and leaving the country with an operating reserve margin of 6.33 percent, according to Taipower.
The reserve margin triggered a yellow light, indicating a tight power supply when operating reserves fall between 6 percent and 10 percent.
The top 5 electricity consumption peaks prior to Tuesday were 36.771 million kW May 30, 36.713 million kW May 31, 36.705 million kW July 19 and 36.46 million kW July 18 of this year, and 36.453 million kW Aug. 15, 2017.
The hot weather continued Tuesday, with temperatures up to 37 degrees Celsius in Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan, and over 34 degrees in other parts of Taiwan.
Some 1.24 million kW of solar power had been generated as of Tuesday, contributing 3.47 percent to the total power capacity.
Taipower spokesman Hsu Tsao-hua (???) said a mechanical failure of the coal-powered No. 1 generator at the Dalin power plant in Kaohsiung had been settled and was set to resume operations at 5 p.m. Tuesday.