On March 16, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) announced that it discovered a significant increase in power consumption during the early mornings of Feb 20 and 21. Those times coincided with both the women’s short program and free skate events in which Mao Asada competed. In each case the increase in demand equaled the amount put out by an entire fossil fuel power plant.
At around 3:35 a.m. on Feb 20, the output was a regular 31 gigawatts for that time of year. However, by around 4:20 a.m. when Mao was due to hit the ice, the output spiked to 31.5 gigawatts.
TEPCO compared the instance with a control date of Jan 17 which had similar conditions with Feb 20 such as temperature. They performed the same analysis with Mao’s second performance on Feb 21 with Jan 23. In both cases they deduced that Mao’s Olympic performances resulted in a 400-megawatt increase in electricity consumption.
This is surely a testament to the popularity of Mao-chan and how much the nation loves her cute facial expressions and triple axels.
Source: Yahoo! Japan News
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