Update Tokyo Power Blackout Schedule

Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> said Tuesday it will skip rolling power outages in eastern Japan for the whole of Wednesday.
The company will fully forgo scheduled outages for the second straight business day. The program was introduced on March 14 to deal with power shortages following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

The latest decision comes as higher temperatures helped reduce power demand and a quake-damaged thermal power plant has resumed operations. Also, users’ power-saving efforts are paying off.

According to Tokyo Electric, power consumption in its service areas so far on Tuesday has been lower than the previous day, when rolling blackouts affected some of the areas.

Operating Officer Yasuyuki Shimada said the company will strive to reduce rolling blackouts as much as possible.

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