Japan Urges Power Saving in Tokyo to Ensure Stable Supply during Summer

Japan’s government on Friday asked residents and businesses around Tokyo to reduce their electricity consumption in July and August to maintain a sufficient power supply during peak demand.

Considering that the reserve ratio is projected to be below 5% and close to the minimum 3% that ensures stable supply, the government has decided to call for power savings “within a reasonable range” during the summer.

The industry ministry anticipated in May that the country’s power market will be less tight this summer than it was last year.

Under a reserve capacity ratio of 3%, there is a risk of power shortages and outages.

Much of eastern Japan was scorched for a week in June last year by the highest seasonal temperatures since record-keeping began, prompting the government to urge citizens to cut down on electricity use as much as possible.