Ever since Mori Building Co diverted approximately 4000Kw electricity from its luxurious commercial complex Roppongi Hills to 1,100 households in Tokyo starting from March 18, several other private enterprises have jumped in the same boat and offered TEPCO a hand.
Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd resumed operations of its Ibaraki Kashima power station, which was stopped in the earthquake aftermath, on March 26y, and began generating electricity with full capacity, now sustaining approximately 15% (475,000Kw) of Ibaraki Prefecture’s power demand.
Tokyo Gas has made efforts to become fully self-sustainable, relying on power from four self-generated power plants and LNG (liquefied natural gas) imports from abroad, offering TEPCO the priority in power supply within the country.
JR East also maximized its Kawasaki power plant supply and by March 17, it had generated 620,000Kw, of which the company diverted 210,000Kw to TEPCO.
Meanwhile, TEPCO is hoping recovery of its power plants in Ibaraki and Kanagawa prefectures, will ease the ongoing pressure and stress from the changing rolling power outage schedules and power shortage.
The government is hoping that other self-sustained companies will offer similar assistance as the demand for electricity is expected to surpass 8,500,000Kw nationwide over the summer.© Compiled from news reports