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Worry About This Taiwan Power Vacuum

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I was having dinner with a friend in downtown Taipei on Tuesday night when the electricity went off for the second time that day.

Workers accidentally shut off the supply of natural gas to a single power generator just a few hours earlier, immediately tipping the scales of Taiwan's tenuous electricity supply/demand balance into a blackout in some areas.