TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen pledged on Tuesday to look into the tech powerhouse’s electricity management after two major blackouts hit homes and businesses in less than a week, triggering criticism of the government’s power policy.
Taiwan, which hosts major chip makers such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, imposed power cuts on Monday evening following a spike in demand amid a heatwave and drought and failure at a power plant, in the second such outage in a week.
In a live broadcast online, Tsai offered her apology for the two outages and promised to reexamine the island’s power management amid heated debate over the her electricity policy.
“Two such incidents in one week is not only hard for citizens to accept, it is also hard for me to accept,” Tsai said, adding extreme weather and a booming economy had posed a “great challenge” to electricity management.
Tsai said she had instructed the economy…