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Ban on coal would lead to power cuts: Taipower

Ban on coal would lead to power cuts: Taipower

Taipei, April 15 (CNA) The state-owned Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower, ??) said Wednesday that if its coal-fired power plants are shut down, the country would face immediate power supply cuts on a rotational basis. The company issued the warning a day after six city and county governments in central and southern Taiwan signed a pledge in support of a plan to ban the burning of bituminous coal and petroleum coke at local factories and power plants. The plan, drafted by the Yunlin County government, was backed by Chiayi City, Tainan City, Changhua County, Taichung City and Chiayi County. Taipower said its Taichung Power Plant and Formosa Petrochemical Corp's (????) naphtha cracker complex in Yunlin County supplied 25 percent of the nation's power during the peak periods of electricity use last year. If those coal-fired power plants are shut down, many areas around the country would face immediate electricity shortages and power cuts due to a sharp drop in power supply, Taipower said. In turn, the country's industrial development would be seriously affected, it said. Taipower said that bituminous coal, or black coal, is used primarily for power generation, and emissions from coal power plants around the country are within the levels stipulated by the central and local governments. The Taichung Power Plant accounts for only 10 percent of the fine particle pollution -- caused by particulates less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter -- in the city, Taipower said. The company said it has invested NT$9.2 billion to upgrade its equipment to reduce air pollution at the Taichung Power Plant. (By Milly Lin and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-17 03:23 GMT+08:00