Jul 18, 2017 General Comments Off on With high temperatures, power consumption hits year high
Taipei--With temperatures repeatedly hitting record highs in Taiwan for 2017, power consumption also reached a new high for the year on Tuesday, according to state-owned Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower, ??).
Electricity consumption peaked at about 36.11 million kilowatts at 1:48 p.m. on Tuesday, a high for 2017, as Taipei, the capital city, recorded a new high of 36.8 degrees Celsius.
Before Tuesday, Taipei had not experienced a temperature above 36 degrees Celsius so far this year. On Tuesday the temperature in the capital was the highest around the island, with the peak temperatures in central and southern Taiwan topping 34 degrees Celsius, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
As for power consumption on Tuesday, the level was also the second highest ever recorded, trailing only the 36.20 million kW recorded on July 28, 2016, Taipower said.
With power consumption on the rise, the operating reserve margin of Taipower, the sole power supplier in Taiwan, fell to 3.31 percent, the second lowest this year, with power reserves at 1.195 million kW, the company said.
Taipower said that the previous lowest operating reserve margin this year was 3.16 percent on April 19.
It was also the seventh time this year that local power supply has flashed an orange alert, which is when the power reserve margin falls below 6 percent, Taipower said.
Cheng You-tsai (???), an official in Taipower's Department of System Operations, told CNA that the company turned on the third and fourth generators at Dalin thermal power plant in Kaohsiung on Tuesday, but due to their relatively large size, the generators seemed to operate slowly and as a result failed to meet peak power demand as temperatures rose during the day.
Cheng said the two generators will continue to operate on Wednesday, increasing power supply by 530,000kW-550,000kW.
With the CWB forecasting that temperatures in Taiwan on Wednesday will remain the same, Cheng anticipates power consumption will stay high and urged consumers where possible to conserve power.
To relieve the current tight power supply, Taipower said it will turn on an additional generator at Datan thermal power plant in Taoyuan at the end of July and a second in early August.
Under Taipower's electricity warning system, an operating reserve margin above 10 percent flashes a healthy green light, while 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, necessitating power rationing.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel