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Country is at risk of power outages in 2015: Taipower

TAIPEI--Taiwan may face a higher risk of power outages in 2015 due to the planned decommissioning of two coal-fired plants in August, Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) said.

Extremely hot weather conditions in Taiwan in recent weeks have triggered a spike in power consumption to a record high, drawing down reserves and raising fears of power rationing on the horizon.

"We're not likely to see electricity rationing this year, but the problem could emerge next year," Taipower Vice President Roger Lee said.

Two coal-fired plants that can supply 600,000 kilowatts of power per hour are scheduled to be decommissioned next month, which will reduce the supply of power, Lee said.

Though that supply only represents about 1.5 percent of Taipower's total electricity generation capability, it could further erode the utility's already tight reserve margin at times of peak demand.

"If the weather conditions remain the same and the economy improves next year, Taiwan's power reserve margin will be even lower," Lee said.

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