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Japan to experience nuclear-free summer via The Asahi

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In the absence of nuclear power generation, utilities have increased thermal power generation while the government has called on the public to conserve energy during the peak summer period.

According to government calculations, Kansai Electric’s average reserve rate–the margin by which supply exceeds demand–will be 1.8 percent this summer. The rate for Kyushu Electric is estimated at 1.3 percent.

Both figures are lower than the minimum requirement of 3 percent.

However, the utilities will be able to achieve the 3-percent rate by receiving electricity from Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Considering the public’s heightened awareness of energy conservation, the government has decided not to ask residents in specific areas to refrain from using electricity during certain hours of a day.

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