Newspaper article China Post

Power Operating Reserve Rate Hits Year Low

Newspaper article China Post

Power Operating Reserve Rate Hits Year Low

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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. …

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