Taipower blasted over power ration claims
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator yesterday accused the Taiwan Power Company of lying about a potential power crisis if the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant is scrapped.
February 26, 2013, 12:15 am TWN
Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) said that Taipower has been intentionally underestimating its ability to supply power while overestimating the demand for power usage so as to mislead the public into believing that Taiwan needs the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.
In a report published in 2012, Taipower and the Bureau of Energy (BOE) intentionally adopted lower parameters when estimating its power supply capacity for peak periods over the next 10 years, Cheng said.
“Taiwan never needs Nuke 4,” Cheng said, “and the misleading report is just an excuse for the government to continue building the plant.”
Cheng also said that overestimating power demands will result in over-investing in the plant, which will in turn create a deficit that taxpayers will have to pay for.
According to another Taipower report released in January, if Nuke 4 is not running and other nuclear power plants are shut down, the reserve capacity during peak periods will be less than 7.4 percent starting in 2015.
Cheng said, however, that after subtracting the power generated by Nuke 4, the average reserve capacity will be between 10.76 percent and 20 percent between 2013 and 2020.
“Calculating the adequate generation reserve margin from information provided by the BOE and Taipower,” Cheng said, “the margin through 2025 will still be over 10 percent. Therefore, there will be no power shortage crisis.”
Cheng said that the budget to build Nuke 4 has been raised from NT$169.7 billion NT$330 billion, which he called a waste of taxpayers' money. Cheng demanded Taipower and the BOE apologize immediately and stop construction on the plant.
Anti-Nuclear Flag Raised
Around 25 protesters raised anti-nuclear power flags in front of the Executive Yuan yesterday, asserting their demands for a nuclear-free nation.
The Green Citizens' Action Alliance also turned in a photo album of citizens raising anti-nuclear flags in various places around Taiwan as a “gift” for the new Cabinet.
The alliance said that they want to send out a message to new Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) that they will do everything they can to stop the government from securing the budget to build Nuke 4 and to prevent Taipower from placing nuclear fuel rods inside Nuke 4.