Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hagiuda held an urgent press conference, saying that the target amount of power saving has not been reached within the jurisdiction of TEPCO, and if this situation continues, a power outage may occur. From 0:00 to 8:00 pm, I strongly requested another power saving.

Odashima, a reporter from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, explains the current state and outlook of electric power, and the preparations for a power outage.

* The lighting in the studio is turned down more than usual to save electricity.

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Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hagiuda held an urgent press conference before 3:00 pm.

In this, Minister Hagiuda expressed a sense of crisis that "the target amount of power saving has not been reached" and said "a power outage may occur if this situation continues" at 3:00 pm to companies and households. I strongly requested to save electricity one step further from 8:00 pm.

How much are you missing?

The government has issued a "power supply and demand tight warning" to call on households and businesses to save as much power as possible, but according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, only 1.5 million kilowatts can be saved, which is the level that TEPCO is aiming for. It means that the situation continues to be below 2 million kW to 3 million kW.

This amount is equivalent to two to three large power plants.

How should I save electricity?

▽ Warm in one place as much as possible so as not to turn on the heating in separate rooms at home, ▽ Be sure to turn

off the lighting and heating of the unused room, ▽ Do not

raise the set temperature too much when turning on the heating

It is also effective to set it to 20 degrees.

This is needed not only at home but also in the office.

▽ Unplug the outlet of a computer or copier that is not used in the office,

▽ Reduce the opening and closing of the refrigerator and reduce the free time,

▽ Close the lid of the toilet seat to prevent heat from escaping,

▽ To lower the temperature of the toilet seat heating and washing water of the tray.

Each of these actions is small, but if many people save electricity, the amount of electricity saved will be large, so further cooperation for power saving is indispensable to prevent power outages.

In the unlikely event of a power outage

Unlike rolling blackouts, the power outages envisioned this time are difficult to predict in 2011, and it is not known in which region they will occur.

If you are indoors, such as at home or at work, it is useful to have a flashlight and a battery-powered radio to get information.

Even if TEPCO is indoors and suddenly has a power outage, do not rush out and wait for the power outage to recover.

On the other hand, it is important for the person driving the car to move the car to a safe place while paying close attention to the safety of the surroundings, because the traffic lights and street lights will not turn on outdoors.