Japan issues power consumption warning for Tokyo region amid heat waves
The Japanese government issued an energy consumption warning for the first time on Sunday as sweltering temperatures in and around Tokyo are expected to strain the system as businesses reopen on Monday.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry particularly urges the public in Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s service area to save electricity through measures such as turning off unnecessary lights during the period. high demand from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.
Pedestrians use umbrellas in Tokyo’s Ginza area as the mercury soared above 35 C on June 26, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
The call comes as projections show the region’s spare power capacity ratio will be below 5% on Monday. The lowest level necessary for a stable supply would be 3%.
The Kanto region in eastern Japan suffered record high temperatures on Saturday and Sunday, with the heat likely to continue through Monday. Economic activities, including those of private companies, will likely increase with the start of the week.
However, the ministry is calling on people to continue to use air conditioners on full blast due to the increased risk of heat stroke.
In TEPCO’s service area covering Tokyo and eight neighboring prefectures, reserve rates are expected to be 4.7% around the 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. period on Monday, falling to 3.7% from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., according to the ministry.
Other major power providers across Japan, including Tohoku Electric Power Co. which serves the northeast of the country and Chubu Electric Power Co. in central Japan, are expected to see significant power demand this summer.
Reserve rates in July are expected to be 3.1% in the Tohoku, Tokyo and Chubu regions, and 3.8% in regions including western and southwestern Japan.
The ministry’s system for issuing a warning on electricity consumption was introduced this year following a review of the response to high demand in March this year when a powerful earthquake in the northern region -east of the country caused the shutdown of some power plants.