Tokyo Electric Power Co. to Source Power from other Sectors Amid Impending Winter Blackout

Tepco Power Grid, the transmission unit of Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings reported that it is asking other companies to help provide electricity after there was an unexpected demand for electricity for heaters this winter.

Tepco Power Grid, the transmission unit of Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings reported that it is asking other companies to help provide electricity after there was an unexpected demand for electricity for heaters this winter.

If they fail to keep up with the demand, Tokyo residents might experience mass blackouts and freezing temperatures.

Tepco uses liquefied natural gas for heating but due to the high demand and uncertainty of supply, it has asked steel and chemical manufacturers who own generators to help supply electricity.

There is also a while nationwide shortage of gas due to export problems.

Among the companies that Tepco has asked for are JFE Steel, Sumitomo Chemical, and ENEOS Holdings.

So far, only Chubu Electric Power and Hokuriku Electric Power have sold surplus power to Tepco.

This is the second time TEPCO outsourced electricity from manufacturers after the earthquake and tsunami disaster in northeastern Japan last 2011.


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