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Power use in Taiwan hits record high for April

2019/04/23 21:50:32

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Taipei, April 23 (CNA) A soaring mercury pushed peak electricity consumption in Taiwan to 33.18 million kilowatts Tuesday, setting a record high for the second consecutive day this year and for any April over the past few years, according to state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower).

The record high occurred at 2:15 p.m. and was the first time electricity consumption in April had surpassed 33 million kW, leaving the country with an operating reserve margin of 6.11 percent, Taipower said.

The reserve margin triggered a yellow light, indicating a tight power supply, denoted by operating reserves falling between 6 percent and 10 percent, according to the Taipower website.

The top electricity consumption peak was 37.35 million kW, recorded Aug. 1, 2018.

Despite the continuing rise in electricity consumption, however, supplies will be sufficient in the coming week, with an average daily operating reserve margin of over 6 percent, Taipower added.

The hot weather continued Tuesday, with temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius in Taipei and 31-33 degrees in other parts of the country, the Central Weather Bureau reported.

(By Tsai Peng-min and Evelyn Kao)