Japan issues power usage warning for Tokyo area amid heat waves

電力使用率99%見通し 夕方の東電管内で需給ひっ迫

Nikkei -- Jun 26
The Japanese government issued a power usage warning for the first time Sunday as sweltering temperatures in Tokyo and surrounding areas are expected to put pressure on the system as businesses reopen Monday.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is particularly urging the public in Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s service area to save electricity via measures including turning off unnecessary lights in the demand-intensive 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. period on Monday.

The call comes as projections show the area's reserve power supply capacity ratio will be short of 5 percent Monday. The lowest level necessary for stable supply is said to be 3 percent.

Eastern Japan's Kanto region has endured record hot temperatures Saturday and Sunday, with the heat possibly continuing into Monday. Economic activities, including by private companies, will likely surge with the start of the week.

However, the ministry is calling on people to continue thorough use of air conditioners due to the heightened risk of heatstroke.

Jun 26 (ANNnewsCH) - 厳しい暑さの影響で、東京電力管内の電力使用率が27日夕方に99%になる見通しとなりました。政府は、電力需給逼迫(ひっぱく)注意報を出して無理のない範囲での節電を呼び掛けています。  ...continue reading

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