Power shortages threaten disaster areas


TOKYO (majirox news) — Power usage in the disaster areas and surrounding prefectures is approaching capacity and people are being asked to limit daytime electricity consumption to avoid blackouts, according to Tohoku Electric Power Co. on Aug. 8.

Even with a supply of an extra 60,000 kilowatts of electricity from the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) usage in the Tohoku Power service area, which includes the entire Tohoku Region and prefecture north of Tokyo, is expected to reach 96.2% of capacity in the early afternoon on Aug. 8.

TEPCO is capable of boosting Tohoku Power’s supply up to 140,000 kilowatts. If power use exceeds 97% of capacity with this amount included, Tohoku Power may begin to experience problems providing a stable power supply.

If power consumption exceeds the forecast by 80,000 to 90,000 kilowatts, Tohoku Power will have to implement blackouts.

Tohoku Power said that for each degree the temperature rises, demand for power increases by about 35,000 kilowatts. Temperatures are expected to soar into the mid-30s (mid-90sF) during the day on Aug. 8.

Tohoku Power services the areas most affected by the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in Fukushima.

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