Power output in Japan fell for fourth straight month in July


The amount of electricity generated and purchased by the nation’s 10 major regional power suppliers in July dropped 3.9 percent from a year before to 79.95 billion kilowatt-hours, down for the fourth consecutive month, an industry group said Tuesday.

The drop reflected a slump in demand for air conditioning due to relatively low temperatures in western Japan, officials at the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan said.

No nuclear power was generated for the 10th consecutive month.

The amount of electricity generated by thermal power plants, on which power suppliers are relying heavily to offset the suspension of nuclear plants, dropped 0.5 percent to 57.60 billion kilowatt-hours.

Liquefied natural gas consumption at thermal power plants hit a record high for July, exceeding 5 million tons.

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

Of the 10, only Tohoku Electric Power Co. posted a higher amount, with a 0.7 percent increase.

Kyushu Electric Power Co. had a 6.5 percent decrease and Shikoku Electric Power Co. reported a 6.2 percent fall.