TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Electricity consumption in Taiwan reached a new high for the year on Friday, as temperatures remained high across the nation.
With the mercury rising above 37 degrees Celsius yesterday, electricity demands peaked at 36.145 million kilowatts at 1:40 p.m. yesterday, a new high for the year, according to Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電).
The previous new high was recorded on July 18 at 36.107 million kilowatts.
The reserve margin was marked at 3.9 percent, prompting the state-owned power company to issue an orange alert indicating tight supplies.
Under the company’s electricity warning system, reserve margins are needed to stay above 10 percent to flash a healthy green light.
Meanwhile, high temperatures are expected to remain above 33 degrees Celsius across the island today. The forecast predicted a high of 37 degrees for Taipei City with very high UV radiation level.
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) has reminded the public to wear sun protection and exercise precautions during times of excessive heat and sun exposure for the day.