No summer ’12 power-saving order, just peak-time rate hike via The Japan Times

Government also hopes to up supply of renewable energy


The government will try to avoid issuing a power-saving order next summer by hiking electricity rates for high-demand hours and taking other countermeasures, its draft action plan showed.

In a bid to stave off electricity supply shortfalls during peak hours, the government would also boost renewable energy to raise the supply from energy sources other than nuclear power while trying to limit demand, according to the draft to be finalized next Tuesday.

The government issued a power-saving order this past summer amid the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

The action plan for the government, power utilities, companies and households is based on lessons leaned from this summer, when Japan managed to avoid a massive blackout through power-saving efforts under the government order in eastern and northeastern Japan and on a voluntary basis elsewhere.

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