Kansai firms and individuals are bracing for a long summer, as contradictory predictions from Tokyo, Kansai Electric Power Co. and renewable-energy advocates are stirring concern over how much electricity will be available, but not fueling a desire to restart two nuclear reactors that would ensure sufficient power.

Since February, when local media reports suggested the Kansai region could face a 25 percent shortage of electricity this summer without nuclear power, the question of how much electricity was really available has been the subject of debate, and doubt.

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