Electricity sales to big users decline

JIJI

Electricity sales by the nation’s 10 major utilities to large industrial users in May fell for the first time in eight months, dropping 0.02 percent from a year earlier to 21,709 million kilowatt-hours, an industry group said Monday.

The fall was mainly due to periodic factory repairs at chemical and paper companies, according to the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan.

Overall power sales in May decreased 2.8 percent to 63,282 million kilowatt-hours, the first decline in five months, as relatively warm weather caused households to switch their heating off.

Eight of the 10 firms, excluding Chugoku Electric Power Co. and Okinawa Electric Power Co., saw their sales decrease. Hokkaido Electric Power Co. logged the largest decline of 6.7 percent, and was followed by Kansai Electric Power Co., which posted a 4.5 percent fall.