Utilities’ power output falls for third straight month

JIJI

The electricity generated or purchased by Japan’s 10 major power suppliers in June fell 1.6 percent from a year before to 69.81 billion kilowatt-hours, falling for the third consecutive month, an industry group said Friday.

The drop reflected unseasonably low demand for air conditioning amid cooler temperatures than usual in June in western Japan, said officials of the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan.

All 10 utilities saw year-on-year declines and there was no nuclear power generation for the ninth straight month.

The amount of electricity generated by thermal power plants, which are working flat-out to replace lost nuclear capacity, marked a record high for June, at 50.34 billion kwh.

Liquefied natural gas consumption at thermal power plants also hit a record high for June.

The data covered the combined amount of electricity the 10 companies produced and purchased from wholesalers, such as Electric Power Development Co., or J-Power.

Among the 10 companies, Okinawa Electric Power Co. saw the largest decline, of 6.4 percent, followed by Shikoku Electric Power Co., with 6.2 percent, and Kansai Electric Power Co. with 3.6 percent.