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April-Sept. power sales rise 1.9% to hit record high in Japan.

TOKYO, Oct. 19 Kyodo

Electric power sales by the nation's 10 regional electric utilities rose 1.9 percent year on year to 455.12 billion kilowatts per hour in the six months through September, according to a preliminary report released Friday by an industry group.

Vigorous production activities by manufacturers and this summer's heat wave were the main causes of the highest ever power demand for the April-September period, according to the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan.

Demand from large-lot power users climbed 4.5 percent to 150.41 billion kwh.

By industrial sector, electricity sold to machinery makers rose 5.7 percent to 41.64 billion kwh, purchases in the chemical sector went up 6.0 percent to 15.40 billion kwh and those by paper and pulp makers increased 2.5 percent to 5.45 billion kwh.

Lighting demand including that of households edged up 0.4 percent to 135.25 billion kwh.

All companies except for Kansai Electric Power Co. saw record sales for the first six-month period of a fiscal year.

For September alone, the 10 companies' combined sales went up 4.2 percent to 84.45 billion kwh, the highest for the reporting month.
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Publication:Japan Energy Scan
Date:Oct 20, 2007
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