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Japanese power-saving period begins ahead of summer

Steel News - Published on Wed, 03 Jul 2013

Global Post reported that a government-requested 3 month period of electricity saving began Monday in large parts of Japan ahead of the high demand season, the 5th of its kind since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis left most of the nation\'s nuclear reactors offline.

However, for the first time, the government refrained from setting numerical power-saving targets in all areas of Japan served by utilities with nuclear plants as companies and households have become accustomed to conserving electricity even in hot and cold seasons, leaving utilities with extra supply capacity in case of unexpected surges in demand.

The power-saving request through the end of September, due to an expected rise in power usage for air conditioning, was made to areas served by 9 utilities, excluding Okinawa Electric Power Company which does not own a nuclear power plant.

Mr Toshimitsu Motegi minister of Economy, Trade and Industry said that \"We would like to ask citizens and industries to voluntarily cooperate in saving electricity.\"

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, temperatures are expected to be higher than usual across Japan in July and August. In September, it is expected to remain hot in eastern Japan.

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