Thursday, June 23, 2011

It's getting hot for TEPCo

Welcome back again to JJNN.
Today's article is taken from Net Nihonkai.

As I said in my last post, it was extremely hot yesterday. Not only was it hot around where I lived, but all over Japan. Most places in Japan had high temperatures over 30C (86F) yesterday, and it looks like today is going to be more of the same.  In the room where I am working now at around 8am it reached 30C and has a humidity of around 75%.

The problem is that when it gets hot and humid like that people run to their air conditioners. The majority of the air conditioners that people use are old and not energy efficient, so a lot of energy is used by them on hot days. Just yesterday at around 4pm the peak energy output was around 40 million kilowatts. That number is just under 90% of TEPCo's total energy output. If it gets hotter TEPCo is going to have a hard time keeping up with the energy demands so they are asking people to save as much energy as possible.

It is  now time for the word of the day. Today's word is 節電(せつでん). It is pronounced setsuden and it means to save electricity.

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