Summer power curbs said unlikely via The Japan Times Online

Edano says there is a good chance no restrictions necessary even if all reactors are offline

Curbs on power use may not be necessary next summer even if the nation’s reactors are all offline, trade minister Yukio Edano said Friday.

All of the 54 commercial reactors are expected to be suspended by April unless those currently sitting idle for scheduled checks are permitted to restart.

“Of course, if all of the nuclear power plants are not operating, the demand for and supply of electricity are expected to be significantly severe,” Edano said. Nevertheless, “there is a good chance that we can get through without issuing a restriction on electricity usage.”

Edano said the government has been exploring ways to avoid issuing power-saving orders that could cause problems for businesses.

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