Taipower President Wang Yao-ting Reverses Resignation Decision Following Power Outages

Taipower president stays despite power outages, citing reduced outages and earthquake damage. Premier defends decision, highlighting Taipower's emergency response. Implications for Taiwan's energy policy and political debates over nuclear power.

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Taipower President Wang Yao-ting Reverses Resignation Decision Following Power Outages

Taipower President Wang Yao-ting Reverses Resignation Decision Following Power Outages

Taipower President Wang Yao-ting has decided to remain in his position despite tendering his resignation following power outages in Taoyuan and a tight power supply on April 15, 2023. Wang cited reduced outages since 2012 and earthquake damage as reasons for his decision to continue leading the state-owned power company.

The recent power outages in Taoyuan were caused by end-line failures, not energy policy issues, according to Wang. The tight power supply on April 15 was due to a significant earthquake in Hualien on April 3, which sparked discussions about Taiwan's energy policy.

Premier Chen Chien-jen defended Wang's decision, praising Taipower's emergency response and encouraging Wang to continue working hard for Taipower and Taiwan's power supply. The premier revealed he had directly reached out to Wang to offer his support.

Wang said he was asked to stay by the premier, the minister of economic affairs, and the Taipower board. He cited remarks by Taipower Union President Wu Yu-pin that his leaving would not stop the distortion of facts and would spark more anxiety among the Taipower team. Wang said he "despised the fact that the company has been used as a tool for political feud" and criticized those who blamed the power outages on a lack of nuclear power.

Why this matters: The decision by Taipower's president to remain in his role despite the recent power outages and tight supply has implications for Taiwan's energy policy and the stability of its power grid. It also highlights the political nature of debates surrounding the country's energy mix and the role of nuclear power.

Wang noted that Taipower has reduced power outages by 70% since 2012 and that many recent outages were caused by earthquake damage. He will stay in his position until the new Cabinet assumes office after the presidential inauguration on May 20. At a press conference announcing his decision, Wang stated, "I believe this is the best decision for Taipower. I have been with the company for 36 years since graduation and I am not afraid. I will continue to be responsible for Taipower."

Key Takeaways

  • Taipower president Wang Yao-ting decided to remain in his position despite tendering resignation.
  • Recent power outages in Taoyuan were due to end-line failures, not energy policy issues.
  • Premier Chen Chien-jen praised Taipower's emergency response and encouraged Wang to continue working.
  • Wang cited reduced outages since 2012 and earthquake damage as reasons for his decision.
  • Wang will stay until the new Cabinet assumes office after the presidential inauguration on May 20.