Taiwan's power supply expected to stabilize next week

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Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) Taiwan's power supply is expected to gradually stabilize next week when the independent power producer Ho-Ping Power Co. resumes operations, a Ministry of Economic Affairs official said Friday.

With the repair work on a damaged Ho-Ping Power transmission tower in Hualien proceeding smoothly, it will be able to run at half capacity from Monday, supplying 650,000 kilowatts of electricity per day, according to Lee Chun-li (李君禮), deputy chief of the MOEA's Bureau of Energy.

By Aug. 18, the tower should be at full capacity again, supplying 1.3 million kW per day, Lee said.

As a result, the alert levels for Taiwan's power supply will be lowered next week to an orange or yellow light, he said.

On Friday, the power supply alert again flashed a red light when electricity usage peaked at 36.41 million kilowatts at 1:54 p.m. and the operating reserve margin dropped to 1.77 percent, data from the state-run Taiwan Power Company showed.

Under Taipower's five-color electricity supply warning system, a green light means operating reserve margins are above 10 percent, a yellow light represents power reserves of between 10 percent and 6 percent, while an orange light indicates that the reserves are below 6 percent.

A red alert means that the power reserves have dropped below 900,000 kW, while a black alert indicates that reserves have fallen to less than 500,000 kW and power rationing has become necessary.

(By Lin Meng-ju and Y.F. Low)
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