Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:34

    Hell week is coming up for Taiwan Power Company

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    Next week, Taiwan's power supply is projected to be the tightest it's been all year.

    State-run utility Taiwan Power Company (Taipower, 台電公司) said Taiwan had entered the season of the "orange alert," an indicator that flashes when the operating reserve falls below 6 percent of the total supply.

    Taipower President Chu Wen-chen (朱文成) said that the peak demand period was expected in mid-July, and that the company's management and plant operators were on heightened alert.

    The tight power supply is expected to ease later in July once new generators at Tatan Power Plant (大潭電廠) go online, he said.

    Taipower said in a statement that this week's power supply flashed yellow as well as a dangerous orange, with its operating reserve ranging between 5.78 percent and 10.17 percent of the total supply.

    Chu said this was caused by summer temperatures as well as downtime at the Datan and the Linkou power plants due to construction.

    He asked the public to please conserve, setting their thermostats to no lower than 26 degrees Celsius.

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