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Taiwan blackouts cast long shadow over leader’s plans for nuclear-free future

The island’s worst ever power outages have left many voters and business leaders questioning President Tsai Ing-wen’s green energy drive

Taiwan suffered its worst ever power outage earlier this week, with close to 7 million households in 17 cities and counties being left in the dark for up to five hours.

The August 15 incident has not only exposed how vulnerable the government’s current energy policies are, but also prompted public questioning of the beautiful, nuclear-free future promised by President Tsai Ing-wen as well as her ability to run the island.

The incident took place on Tuesday at around 4.50pm when an operational error by government-owned CPC Corporation caused power generation at the gas-fuelled Datan plant in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan to be temporarily interrupted. The result was a total shortfall of 4.65 million kilowatts all over the island.

The authorities were inundated by criticism with Economic Affairs Minister Lee Chih-kung and CPC Chairman Chen Chin-te both resigning.

President Tsai also apologised to the public, promising to review the situation and act to ensure steady power supplies in future.

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