Power output in February fell as winter warmed

JIJI

Electricity output in February fell 7.2 percent compared with a year ago, the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan said Thursday.

The second consecutive drop, the second-largest on record for a February, reflects sluggish demand for heating amid relatively high temperatures in the month, federation officials said.

There also were fewer days in February as 2012 was a leap year.

The amount of electricity the nation’s 10 major power suppliers produced or bought from wholesalers, including Electric Power Development Co., totaled 78.5 billion kwh.

Output sank 9.6 percent at Hokkaido Electric Power Co. , 9.5 percent at Shikoku Electric and 9.1 percent at Kyushu Electric.