MOEA, Taipower Submit Blackout Report 303停電報告今送交政院 蘇揆稱必處置

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Taiwan Power submitted their reports on the Mar. 3 blackout to the Executive Yuan. Premier Sui Tseng-chang says he'd be out of his office the entire day and would handle the situation that night.

Close to 5.5 million households were affected by the nationwide blackout on March 3. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Taiwan Power submitted their respective blackout reports to the Executive Yuan on the 7th.

Su Tseng-chang, ROC Premier: “The Ministry of Economic Affairs should turn in its report today. I'll be out of my office all day, so I'll handle it tonight.”

Just last week, President Tsai Ing-wen promised Taiwan's eight major industrial groups that Taiwan can maintain a stable power supply. The national blackout on the 3rd, which lasted over 12 hours, was deeply worrying for the industrial sector. The Chinese National Federation of Industries hopes the government can take a serious, honest look at Taiwan's energy crisis.

Tsai Lien-sheng, Chinese National Federation of Industries Secretary-General: “The demand for energy has gone up with overseas businesspersons returning to Taiwan. However, Taiwan has not been able to meet that demand. We are very worried about this. How can we diversify our energy sources and supplies? Only with the development of nuclear energy, including hydrogen energy, can this crisis be resolved.”

The Kuomintang, meanwhile, is calling on the Tsai administration to take responsibility for its faulty energy policy. It also says offering small discounts on consumers' next electricity bill and changing the top executives at Taipower are not solutions or taking political responsibility.

Tseng Ming-chung, KMT Caucus Whip: “Blackouts are becoming more and more widespread and more and more frequent. This was not an isolated incident. The power outage on Mar. 3 was a national power outage. Preliminary estimates put losses at over NT$10 billion. The KMT again calls on Taiwan Power to provide compensation in full.”

The KMT is asking what kind of state Taiwan and its economy are in if a malfunction at one power plant in the south can trigger a national blackout. It is calling on the Tsai administration to prioritize electricity storage and improve the power grid.