Power shortage: MOEA introduces conservation measures 全台面臨限電危機 經濟部籲節電

Wed, Aug 09, 2017 - Page 14

Typhoon Nesat and Haitang, which struck Taiwan in rapid succession last week, resulted in the collapse of the privately run Ho-Ping Power Plant and a reduction of 1.3 million kilowatts (kW) in the power supply. Taiwan is now facing a power supply shortage crisis. In addition to reviewing and reinforcing the relevant procedures, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is calling on the public to do their part in conserving electricity.

The government is leading by example. Last Monday, the MOEA ordered government institutions to set their office air conditioning temperature no lower than 28 degrees Celsius, to switch off all air conditioners from 1 pm to 3 pm, to reduce the usage of non-essential lighting, office equipment, and escalators, and to shut down some elevators.

To reduce electricity consumption at peak times, stricter energy inspection measures are being applied. The MOEA is also urging the conservation of electricity in offices and business premises, including not using decorative lighting such as shop signs and landscape lamps during the daytime, replenishing stock during off peak times, and avoiding using electric water heaters during peak hours.

Energy conservation measures for factories include switching off air conditioners in unattended control rooms and reserving use of high energy consumption equipment to off peak times.

For the general public, the recommended temperature for an air conditioned room is 26 to 28 degrees Celsius, or one degree higher if the situation allows. Other measures include reducing lighting, switching off unessential power supplies such as standby power, and turning off equipment not in use for a long period of time, such as electric thermos bottles or water dispensers.

(CNA, translated by Lin Lee-kai )