The government on Friday asked four power utilities to make plans for rolling blackouts from July in case power demand reaches 99% of capacity.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry instructed the four companies -- Chubu Electric, Kansai Electric Power Co, Shikoku Electric Power Co and Hokkaido Electric Power Co -- to prepare to implement rolling blackouts for up to two hours a day, Fuji TV reported.
According to the ministry's guidelines, the government will issue an alert in the morning if power demand looks like reaching 99% of capacity in areas serviced by the four utilities. An email alert will be sent to consumers 3-4 hours before the planned blackout, urging businesses and consumers to cut back on power usage. If power demand keeps rising, there will be a final alert two hours before the lights go off.
The ministry said the blackouts will last about two hours and only be implemented once a day for each area, Fuji reported.
Hospitals, prefectural government buildings, police and fire stations will be exempt, along with railways, airports and banking systems, the ministry said.© Japan Today