Taipower to submit improvement plan following outages

19 May, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT

The government has ordered Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) to submit an improvement plan within a week following supply shortages that have resulted in two large-scale power outages over the past week.

According to the cabinet, Premier Su Tseng-chang has asked Wang Mei-hua, minister of the Ministry of Economic Afffairs (MOEA) to review the island's electricity supply, scheduled system repairs and emergency response measures.

The statement comes after President Tsai Ing-wen took to Facebook following Monday night's power outage to say she was “extremely sorry” for the outages and that Taipower “must thoroughly investigate and report to the public on the causes of the problems”.

Although Taipower has said Monday's power outage was initiated in response to a surge in electricity demand that caused a shortage of supply, it has not released any specific information about the cause of the sudden surge in demand.

The opposition Kuomintang party (KMT) is demanding that the economics minister resign and is claiming that the power outages “prove that the government's energy policy has failed”.

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