Peak power use second-highest of year as mercury soars


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Electricity consumption in Taiwan hit its second-highest level this year on Tuesday due to soaring temperatures that hit nearly 36 degrees Celsius around the island, despite afternoon showers, according to state-owned Taiwan Power Company (Taipower).

Electricity consumption peaked at 34.50 million kilowatts at 1:44 p.m., with the operating reserve margin falling to 4.55 percent, or 1.57 million kilowatts.

The low reserve level triggered the sixth orange power warning light for this month.

An orange warning flashes when the operating reserve margin falls below 6 percent.

According to Taipower, the highest power consumption this year was recorded the previous day, at 34.58 million kilowatts.