The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan is asking residents of the eastern part of the country, including the capital region, to cut off electricity for the second day in a row.
This is due to the risk of its unavailability against the backdrop of a sharp increase in consumption due to high temperatures. Such a statement was published on the website of the ministry on Monday.
And the statement continued: “On June 27, given the difficult situation with high loads on the energy company TEPCO, the warning about saving electricity remains in effect, as the accumulation factor (a measure used in Japan that reflects the relationship between the degree of stock supply in relation to demand) is less than 5%. At the same time, the ministry warned against using air conditioners in the heat.
Earlier, TEPCO warned residents of the eastern part of Japan, including the metropolitan area, to monitor the energy saving situation during the day. The weather has been hot in Japan in recent days, with temperatures in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures rising to 35.5-37 degrees Celsius on Monday afternoon.
The Nikkei newspaper previously reported that Japan could face its biggest energy crisis since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami if temperatures drop next winter. It is estimated that the largest electricity shortage is equivalent to the needs of almost 1.1 million households.
Some thermal power plants in the country are closed, and the process of restarting nuclear power plants is difficult due to the fact that local authorities often do not give proper permits to energy companies. There is also uncertainty regarding the continuation of stable purchases of energy resources from Russia, given the situation in Ukraine.