Taiwan launched island-wide power cuts Monday night spike due to a plant failure amid an ongoing heatwave and drought.
Local energy provider Taipower’s Hsinta Power Plant in Kaohsiung reportedly suffered from an equipment failure at a substation.
After discovering the substation failure, Taipower sent a text message alert to their consumers at 8:10 pm local time informing them of insufficient power in the national grid and that some areas will face rolling power outages from 8:50 pm.
Taipower reported that 660,000 homes were initially affected by the power cuts and that they are mulling whether to extend the outage while repairs are ongoing.
Power outages have been reported in Keelung, Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung City, Changhua, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Hualien, and Pingtung County.
Due to the high demand caused by the use of air conditioning during the ongoing drought, Taipower asked its consumers to conserve electricity.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen urged citizens to remain calm and clarified that the rolling blackouts were planned.
“The detailed cause of the accident will be reported to you by the relevant government departments after a complete investigation. Before that, please refrain from passing along unverified false messages,” said Tsai.
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