Power output off for 11th month

Kyodo

The amount of power generated and purchased by Japan’s 10 utilities in January fell 5.3 percent from a year earlier to 87.43 billion kwh, down for the 11th straight month, an industry body said Monday.

Heating demand was sluggish due to increased awareness for power-saving and relatively warm weather in western Japan, according to a preliminary report released by the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan.

Kansai Electric Power Co. and Kyushu Electric Power Co., whose customers have been asked to meet winter power-saving targets since December, posted a 6.6 percent decrease to 14.17 billion kwh and a 9.2 percent drop to 8.3 billion kwh, respectively. Kyushu Electric marked a record decline for January.