Updated 11:29 AM EDT, Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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Taiwan's Energy Bureau to Include Cinemas in AC Standard Temperature


(Photo : GETTY IMAGES) It won't be too cold inside cinemas in Taiwan soon.

A trial program that will require movie theaters in Taiwan to follow a minimum air conditioning temperature will soon roll out sometime in May that will be expected to turn into a permanent legal regulation in 2018, Taiwan's Bureau of Energy announced this week. 

Energy saving regulations were put into place in 2014 by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) which barred air conditioner leakage, a ban on incandescent lights, and a standard temperature of 26 degrees Celsius in office and 20 other establishments including hotels, department stores, hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience and cosmetic stores, electronics, banks, securities brokerages, post office, metro stations, restaurants, and fashion and footwear retailers. 

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Late last year, the energy bureau began talks with the Ministry of Culture and the National Theater Association ROC, which regulate cinema operators, that aim to add movie theaters to the establishments above covered by the rule.  

The bureau is yet to finalize the list of movie theaters that will be included in the trial program. There 109 fully operational movie theaters in Taiwan.

Violators will face a fine of NT$20,000 (4,500 yuan) to NT$100,000 (22,700 yuan), as stipulated in the Energy Management Act. 

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