Tohoku facing severe winter power shortages

08/25/2011
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SENDAI (majirox news) — Tohoku Electric Power Co. service areas face large shortages during the coming winter, Managing Director Kazuo Morishita told reporters Aug. 25.

Morishita said Tohoku Electric would struggle to meet the demand for heating as it rises over the winter months as the March 11 disasters damaged its three geothermal power plants and nuclear power generation has been halted.

“We’re in a fairly tight situation,” Morishita told reporters.

Morishita said the utility’s plight was worsened by heavy rains in July that caused considerable damage in Fukushima and Niigata prefectures, including damaging hydroelectricity generators that deprived the company of 1 million kilowatts of power generation. The managing director said it would take Tohoku Electric at least half a year to repair the damage to the hydroelectric generators, meaning it would not be able to depend on power supply from these over winter.

Tohoku Electric made it through the hottest part of the summer by receiving electricity transferred to it from the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO). Morishita said Tohoku Electric would struggle to provide stable power supply without continued transfers from TEPCO.

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