Taipei, April 17 (CNA) Summer-like temperatures on Monday drove peak power consumption to a new high and reserves to a new low this year, Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) said.
Power consumption hit 30.29 million kilowatts at 4:01 p.m., beating the previous 2017 high of 30.23 million kilowatts recorded on April 10, the state-run utility said.
Cheng You-tsai (鄭有財), an official in Taipower's Department of System Operations, said operating reserves at the time of peak power consumption was 5.03 percent, flashing an orange warning light indicating a tight power supply.
It was only the second time that the country's electricity supply had flashed an orange warning light in April since 2005. The first time was in 2016.
An orange warning flashes when operating reserves fall below 6 percent, and red and black warnings are issued when reserves fall even lower, to less than 900,000 and 500,000 kilowatts respectively.
A black alert means consumers will have to prepare for power rationing.
The company expects power consumption to ease after the temperature drops Tuesday.
(By Huang Li-yun and Lilian Wu)