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Fuses are blowing in Northern Taiwan

Unplanned power outages have been reported in Northern Taiwan, most recently this morning at an Executive Yuan office building in New Taipei City.

The power went out for five minutes at the Executive Yuan's Xin Zhuang United Office Building at 11:09 a.m. on Tuesday.

Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) has determined that the outage was caused by the electricity infrastructure in the building itself and not in Taipower's system, Executive Yuan deputy spokeswoman Chang Hsiu-chen (張秀禎) said on Tuesday.

The day before, when temperatures soared to the highest yet in 2017, an estimated 17,000 households in Xinzhuang and Taishan of New Taipei saw their fuse blow three times in rapid succession.

The circuit breaker tripped the first time at 10:50 p.m. Monday and lasted for about two minutes, according to residents who posted to the bulletin board PTT. It was followed by two more outages that lasted for less than a minute each time.

Taipower said that the outages were caused by a feeder cable fault in Huilong, which was repaired by 10:55 p.m.

Earlier on Monday, the electricity cut out abruptly at the Legislative Yuan around 1 p.m., leaving the tower in darkness for about a minute.

Transportation Ministry's Directorate General of Telecommunications was hit by a power outage at 3 p.m. that was caused by its staff switching on the air conditioning at the same time.

The Executive Yuan had ordered that air conditioning be switched off from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at government units to reduce power use during peak periods.

On Tuesday, spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said the Executive Yuan planned to lift the order on Sunday.

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