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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tepco to meet 95% of demand


Staff Writer

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday it will be able to raise its power-generating capacity to 95 percent of demand this summer instead of 85 percent. Tepco is planning to increase capacity to 52 million kw in July and 50.7 million kw in August compared with 46.5 million kw announced on March 25.

Even so, it won't be enough to cover the 55 million kw of demand Tepco thinks will be needed this July and August.

Last summer, demand peaked at 59.9 million kw on July 23 as people turned on air conditioners to cope with blazing heat from the hottest summer on record.

The company will achieve the increase by restoring thermal power plants shut down after the quakes and suspended for periodic inspections, it said in a news release.

The business circles still need to cut electricity, it said.



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