Power use up for first time since fall

JIJI

The amount of electricity generated and purchased by the nation’s 10 major regional power suppliers in February grew 1.3 percent from a year before to 79.52 billion kilowatt-hours, the first rise in four months, an industry group said Friday.

The rise reflected an increase in demand for heating due to cold weather, the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan said.

Nuclear power generation stood at zero for the fifth consecutive month. Electricity generation by thermal power plants increased 5.9 percent to cover supply shortfalls caused by the suspension of the nation’s nuclear reactors.

The figure represents the combined amount of electricity the 10 power firms generated by themselves and purchased from wholesalers, such as Japan Electric Power Development Co., better known as J-Power.

Power output and purchases increased at seven of the utilities, excluding Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Kansai Electric Power Co. and Okinawa Electric Power Co.