TOKYO, June 7 Tokyo Electric Power Co
started commercial operation of the 470-megawatt Kannagawa No.2
hydro unit on Thursday, about one month earlier than planned,
the company said in a statement.
The second pumped storage hydro unit in its Kannagawa
station, north of Tokyo, can be used effectively to meet
peak-hour demand in the summer when use peaks of air
Unlike utilities in western Japan facing the risk of power
shortages, Tokyo Electric has been well prepared for this summer
since Japan's government carried out compulsory power cuts on
large users at its service area last summer.
Tokyo Electric, the operator of the crippled Fukushima
Daiichi nuclear power plant, has said it would be able to supply
57,710 megawatts in August, 7.7 percent above estimated
peak-hour demand, without the restart of any reactors at its
sole quake-unaffected nuclear plant Kashiwazaki-Kariwa.
(Reporting by Risa Maeda; Editing by David Holmes)