Yoshihiko Isozaki, Secretary General of the Government of Japan, did not rule out the possibility of declaring an “energy regime” in a number of regions of the country due to a lack of electricity amid abnormally hot weather.
He announced this at a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday, where the government secretary general continued: “Today, temperatures are expected to reach record highs in June, which will also result in very high levels of electricity consumption at this time of year. We continue to adhere to the announced scheme – caution due to the load on energy resources.
And the government secretary general asked to use air conditioners to avoid heat stroke, but to turn off unnecessary electrical appliances and lights and commit to saving electricity reasonably. Regarding the transition from the declared situation of “cautious load on the energy sector” to the situation “dangerous in the field of electricity supply”, the Secretary General of the Government said that the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Trade will make an appropriate decision based on the situation in each period separately.
On Monday, the Japanese government announced for the first time an “energy load warning” system in TEPCO’s Tokyo electricity sector, which serves Tokyo and 8 other prefectures, while today, Wednesday, June 29, temperatures in several areas recorded 38-39 degrees. prefectures from this region such as Gunma, Yamanashi and Tochigi Saitama.
It was previously reported that electricity problems in the capital region are expected this summer, as well as winter, as it will cover different regions of the country, and this year’s heating season could be the worst for Japan since 2012, when all nuclear power plants were closed after an earthquake. and accidents at the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant.
The government may require energy companies to restart old thermal power plants decommissioned due to the end of their service life, as well as the maximum restart of nuclear power plants. In addition, energy companies will have to give advance warning to the public and institutions about the difficulties encountered in the supply of electricity.
The reasons for these problems are high prices for liquefied natural gas and growing concerns about the stability of electricity supply.