The China Post news staff
Taiwan’s electricity operating reserve rate hit the year’s low of 3.56 percent on Monday afternoon, as record temperatures seen in many parts of the island pushed up overall power consumption to a record level for the year, according to state-run Taiwan Power Company (Taipower). A Taipower official in charge of power management said that power load capacity peaked at 30.236 million kilowatts/hour at 3:50pm, translating into the lowest operating reserve rate seen so far this year and indicating the increasing possibility of power rationing. The official said that the island’s total power consumption broke the 30 million kw/hr mark for the first time this year 11 days earlier than seen on April 21 last year, when the corresponding figure hit 30.333 million kw/hr.
The remaining four of the year’s top five lowest power operating reserve rates were all recorded in January, namely 3.63 percent on Jan. 3, 4.12 percent on Jan. 6, 4.47 percent on Jan. 4, and 4.51 percent on Jan. 10, the official continued.
He said that tight power supply could be eased a little starting Tuesday as a cold front was approaching the island Monday night, increasing the possibility of rainfall in northern Taiwan.
The Central Weather Bureau said on Monday that the island’s highest temperature, at 35.4 degrees Celsius, was recorded at 12:48 pm in Taipei, adding that temperatures in many areas also hit the year’s highs as shown by 14 local weather stations including those in Tawu of Taitung County, eastern Taiwan, and Banqiao District of New Taipei City.