Power cuts unlikely to affect homes: MOEA
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.
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
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.
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.