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Electricity reserve margin hits 10-year low amid high temperatures
【Economics】2015-05-29  22:30:44
Taipei, May 29 (CNA) Taiwan's electricity reserve margin fell to its lowest level in 10 years on Friday due to people using air conditioners amid soaring temperatures and a reduced supply of electricity caused by failures in several generators at a power plant.

The electricity reserve margin fell to 3.17 percent of the amount generated by all of Taiwan's power plants each day as of Friday afternoon, the lowest in a decade, Taiwan's state-owned Taiwan Power Co. said.

An ideal reserve margin is typically at 10 percent although Taiwan has operated on margins much lower than the preferred margin in the past.

Electricity use soared on Friday as Taipei registered a daytime high of 35.7 degrees Celsius, the highest in the capital so far this year.

Another reason for the low electricity reserve margin was reduced supply at the power plant in Mailiao, Yunlin County, as a result of failures in its No.1 and No.3 generators recently, Taiwan Power Co. said. The power plant generated 1,200 megawatts less electricity because of the malfunctioning generators.

In Taiwan, electricity consumption reached 31,351.19 megawatts as of 2:16 p.m., higher than the expected consumption of 31,200 megawatts, Taiwan Power Co. statistics showed.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Elaine Hou)
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