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March 28, 2017

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Power reserves hit record

Taiwan's electricity operating reserves plunged to a historic low on same-month records, as a malfunction at Dalin Power Plant early Wednesday morning pushed the nation closer to power rationing.

Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) announced Dalin Power Plant's No. 5 generator ceased operating at 7:32 a.m. before being brought online at 9:37 a.m. after repairs.

The temporary malfunction left Taipower with an operating reserve of only 1.62 percent of just 52.8 million kilowatts., local media reported.

  The breakdown triggered a red alert, issued when reserves fall below 900 megawatts.

Taipower had previously said a red alert could lead to the firm imposing emergency restrictions on electricity use.

The nation's peak power usage consumption hit 32.41 million kilowatts on Wednesday, according to the state-owned Taipower, with operating reserves at 2.57 percent.

  Wednesday's numbers indicated "the lowest power reserves" in same season records, Taipower announced.

Local media reported that officials within Taipower were urging energy conservation, describing it as "necessary" in light of the power plant unit shut-down, the autumn hot spell.

Air conditioning in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Taipower was switched off as a means of leading by example.

Dalin Power Plant's No. 5 generation unit had already been brought to a halt by a burst pipe earlier this week, but was scheduled to churn out electricity at full power Wednesday.

Now with the island entering autumn, Taipower has begun carrying out annual maintenance on a number of state-run power plants, with the exception of the First Nuclear Power Plant's No. 1 generator, Second Nuclear Power Plant's No. 2 generator, which are both still under lockdown due to opposition from legislators.

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