Tokyo, Sept. 15 (Jiji Press) — Japan’s Ministry of Industry decided on Thursday to ask households and businesses to save electricity as much as they can this winter.
The decision was made at a meeting of a subcommittee of the Natural Resources and Energy Advisory Committee.
According to the latest electricity supply and demand projections, the supply and demand situation will be most severe in the service areas of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. and Tohoku Electric Power Co. in January if the weather is extremely cold in the winter.
In the TEPCO and Tohoku Electric areas, however, the power reserve ratio, or the margin of electricity supply over demand, is now expected to be 4.1%, improving significantly from the 1.5 % forecast in June and hovering above 3%, the minimum necessary level for a stable supply.
The government aims to restart up to nine nuclear reactors this winter, as well as inactive thermal power plants. It obtained additional power generation of 780,000 kilowatts in eastern Japan and 1,860,000 kilowatts in western Japan.
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