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Japan's power generation hits record high in April-September.

TOKYO, Oct. 15 Kyodo

Electric power generated in the six months to September hit a record high for the first half of a fiscal year on heavy use of air conditioners amid high temperatures in the summer, according to data released Monday by an industry body.

Electric power generation totaled 497.2 billion kilowatts per hour in the six-month period, up 2.7 percent from a year earlier, the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan said in a preliminary report.

The figure represents the total volume of electricity that Japan's 10 electric power firms either generated or bought from one another.

The capacity utilization ratio at nuclear power plants in Japan, including those of the Japan Atomic Power Co., fell 7.1 percentage points to 64.5 percent due largely to the shutdown of Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station in Niigata Prefecture, which was damaged by July's powerful earthquake in the region.

For September alone, the industry association said that electric power generation surged 8.5 percent to 86.2 billion kwh, a record high for that month.
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Date:Oct 20, 2007
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