TOKYO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/14/11 -- Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- The integrity of eastern Japan's electrical infrastructure was severely compromised by Friday's earthquake, and the region is now suffering from a shortage of electricity. Tokyo Electric Power Company Incorporated (TYO:9501) (TEPCO) (Tokyo, Japan), which typically caters to a daily demand of 41 gigawatts (GW), announced Sunday evening that it would only be able to supply 31 GW starting Monday, March 14, due to the loss of several key power stations, including Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station and Fukushima Daini nuclear power station. Japan's largest power provider serves Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures, as well as the Kanto region of Japan, which is comprised of Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, Gunma, Tochigi, Saitama and Ibaraki prefectures.
In light of the company's reduced capacity, TEPCO announced that it would begin rolling blackouts in the morning hours of Monday, March 14. TEPCO's service area was divided into five groups that will undergo rolling blackouts in scheduled blocks. Specific areas, including the majority of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, will not be affected due to government activities in these areas.
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