Kuomingtang (KMT) spokesman Lee Ming-hsien (李明賢) said today that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) should apologize to all of Taiwan for the power outages because the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) energy policies have created the situation, Liberty Times reported.
Lee noted that President Tsai’s target of eliminating nuclear power in Taiwan by 2025 has led to unnecessary stress on the power grid, even though Tsai reassured the public that there would be no problems.
Lee also said that the government must investigate the cause of the incident and that strict accountability should be followed at this time. Minister of Economic Affairs Lee Chih-kung (李世光) has already submitted his resignation, which has been confirmed by the Executive Yuan.
When told that the power outage was due to a technical error, Lee Ming-hsien said that those responsible for the error should be held accountable. He also doubted that such a widespread problem could be caused by such an error as no such power outage occurred under the previous administration. And if an error was the cause of the power outage, then stricter measures should be put in place to prevent it from happening again.
In May, Taipower assured the government that there was ample power supply to avoid blackout situations as seen today. At the time, the power supply was on a yellow alert.
Six generators stopped working at 4:52 pm today due to a technical error at Tatan Power Plant, Taiwan’s largest natural gas power plant, which affected the supply of 4 million kilowatts of electricity, leading to the power outages. Earlier in the day, a coal-fired generator at the Ho-Ping Power Plant in Hualien County broke down, causing further stress on the power grid amid Taiwan’s record-breaking heatwave. If not for the technical error, Taipower believed that there would have been sufficient supply throughout the country.