It tried to meet rising demand caused by cold weather and insufficient solar output.
Reuters reports that Japan’s Chubu Electric, the third largest utility in the country, needed power supplies from seven other utilities as it tried to meet rising demand caused by cold weather and insufficient output from solar generation. It received up to 1.05GW of power from these utilities.
“We are also ramping up one of our coal-fired power plants and one of our LNG (liquefied natural gas) power stations as electricity demand for heat increased due to lower-than-expected temperatures and cloudy weather caused lower-than-expected output from solar power,” a spokesperson said.
The power providers include Tohoku Electric Power, TEPCO Power Grid, Hokuriku Electric Power, Hokkaido Electric Power, Chugoku Electric Power, Shikoku Electric Power and Kyushu Electric Power.
The report adds that the last time the company needed power from other utilities was in February 2017.