Heat wave in Japan leads to record energy production

Record temperatures this month in Japan have also brought an increased use of air conditioners and record one-day electricity production of 3.42 billion kilowatts by the leading power companies in the country, an industry group said Wednesday.

Heat wave in Japan leads to record energy production
Record temperatures this month in Japan have also brought an increased use of air conditioners and record one-day electricity production of 3.42 billion kilowatts by the leading power companies in the country, an industry group said Wednesday.

Tuesday's record beat the previous peak production of 3.39 billion kilowatts, set in July 2001, according to the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan.

At least 30 mostly older people have died as temperatures in Japan have risen above 40 degrees this month, media reports said Wednesday.

Out of concern for an energy shortfall, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) announced emergency measures Wednesday for the first time in 17 years. Its large customers will be required to reduce their energy consumption, and a hydroelectric plant in Tochigi prefecture has been restarted.

TEPCO's energy production was hit when a deadly July 16 earthquake damaged its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata prefecture and put the largest nuclear plant in the world out of commission for an undetermined amount of time and it is having a more difficult time than other energy providers of securing sufficient power production.

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