Power cuts un­likely to af­fect homes: MOEA

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY ENRU LIN

If en­acted, elec­tric­ity ra­tioning would af­fect industrial users first and be un­likely to ever reach house­hold users, said the Bureau of En­ergy un­der the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs (MOEA, ).

Ear­lier this week, Bureau of En­ergy Deputy Direc­tor- Gen­eral Wu Yu- chen ( ) said ra­tioning may be im­ple­mented in May to stave off power short­age.

The power grid’s op­er­at­ing re­serve is set to dip to a 10- year low of 3.3 per­cent be­tween May 20 and 28 due to an­nual plant main­te­nance, on­set of the peakuse sea­son and the pro­longed drought, which has slowed hy­dro­elec­tric power gen­er­a­tion.

Lin Chuan- neng ( ) , head of the Bureau of En­ergy, said yes­ter­day that ra­tioning is un­likely to af­fect house­hold users be­fore re­serves are re­plen­ished.

Ra­tioning Pro­gram

Ac­cord­ing to a reg­u­la­tion on al­lo­ca­tion of in­suf­fi­cient en­ergy sup­plies, ra­tioning is first im- posed on industrial users that con­sume over 1,000 kilo­watthours a month, Lin said.

The first cut would be a 5- per­cent re­duc­tion on th­ese industrial users, fol­lowed by a 10- per­cent and then 15- per­cent re­duc­tion. En­ergy ra­tioning ex­pands to house­hold users only if the short­age per­sists af­ter all mea­sures tar­get­ing large- scale industrial users, Lin said.

House­hold users across Tai­wan would then ex­pect a black­out on a ro­ta­tional sched­ule. Out­ages oc­cur for 50 min­utes at time in or­der to re­duce food spoilage in cool­ers and other in­con­ve­niences, he said. Through­out the ra­tioning pe­riod, Tai­wan Power Co. ( Taipower) will not cut ser­vices to hos­pi­tals, trans­porta­tion net­works and other crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture.

Cuts Avoid­able, Please

Con­serve

Lin stressed that it is too early to con­firm the need for en­ergy ra­tioning: Cuts can be averted if plum rains ar­rive over the next few weeks.

The bureau will mon­i­tor Taipower’s plant main­te­nance to en­sure that elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion restarts on sched­ule, he said. At a sep­a­rate venue, Vice Min­is­ter of Eco­nomic Af­fairs Shen Jong- chin ( ) said one preven­ta­tive mea­sure is to con­serve use when power re­serves are at their nadir. Dur­ing in­ter­pel­la­tion at Leg­is­la­ture, Shen urged the public to con­serve elec­tric­ity be­tween May 20 and May 28 to pre­vent an out­age.

Shen was speak­ing to Kuom­intang Leg­is­la­tor Huang Chih- hsi­ung ( ) , who asked Shen to de­tail gov­ern­ment mea­sures for ward­ing off ra­tioning.

The MOEA is work­ing with Taipower on plant main­te­nance and will also strive to pro­mote en­ergy con­ser­va­tion, he said.

CNA

This file photo shows elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion tow­ers. The Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs yes­ter­day urged the public to con­serve elec­tric­ity be­tween May 20 and May 28 to pre­vent an out­age.

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