Taipei only city in six to lower power consumption in '13
The China Post news staff
May 9, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei was the only city among six in Taiwan that lowered power consumption in 2013, Taipei's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced yesterday.
According to the DEP, total power consumption for the entire city reached 16 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2013, making Taipei the only city with decreased electricity consumption compared to 2012.
The DEP said that in 2009 Taipei launched the first lucky draw event in the nation for families who implement energy-saving measures.
From 2009 to 2013, the DEP said, 98,601 families joined the lottery, saving around 1.1 billion kWh, which equals to roughly NT$4.4 billion in electricity bills.
According to the DEP, the amount of electricity saved from the 98,601 families can support Taipei 101 for 22.6 years.
DEP Commissioner Wu Sheng-chung (吳盛忠) said that a gradual removal of nuclear power usage is the consensus in Taiwan, and that increasing the efficiency of energy usage is a crucial measure to reach that goal.
"In order to balance the quality of life and the development of economy in this era of energy shortage and high electricity prices, it is important to adopt the habit of energy saving," said Wu.
According to the commissioner, by promoting energy conservation and carbon reduction to each family, Taiwan can eventually stop relying on nuclear power.
Threshold Lower for Energy-Saving Lucky Draw
The DEP announced that the threshold to participate in energy-saving lucky draw will be lowered in order to encourage more people to join the event.
According to the DEP, the energy saving ratio, which is the threshold to participate in the lucky draw, will be decreased from 5 percent to 3 percent this year.
The DEP said that there are 316 prizes in the lucky draw, including the opportunity to win NT$1 million for saving over 3 percent of energy on electricity bills from June to September.
Wu said that it is not difficult to reduce energy consumption during summertime; in fact, in order to reach that goal, a family only has to reduce air conditioning usage by an hour every day.
According to the DEP, the amount of energy consumption from June to September accounts for 42 percent of the city's annual energy consumption; therefore, the department chose to hold the lucky draw event at the peak of power consumption to encourage more citizens to save energy.