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Japan to Have Surplus Power in Summer Without Additional Nuclear

Japan may have enough electricity supply to meet peak demand this summer without the need to restart idled nuclear reactors, a government report said.

Nine regional utilities will have 6.3 percent surplus supply capacity on average in August, when demand peaks, according to the report today that cites data submitted by the companies. Kansai Electric Power Co., the utility most dependent on nuclear power, is expected to have 3 percent excess capacity in the three months ending September, the report said.