Japan's power demand in April fell compared with a year earlier, with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic offsetting a weather-driven demand increase.
Power demand in Japan's 10 areas totalled 64,751GWh in April, down by 3.6pc from 67,198GWh a year earlier, according to the country's power agency the organisation for cross-regional co-ordination of transmission operator.
An unusual cold snap hit Japan, especially the western regions, in April, which created additional demand for heating. Temperatures in Osaka averaged 13.7°C in April compared with the 15.1°C long-term average for the month.
But the weather-driven demand increase was not enough to offset the impact of the coronavirus, which has suppressed industry and commercial activity that has dented electricity demand.
Power demand in Chubu region, a manufacturing centre home to Japanese auto producer Toyota's plants, fell by the largest margin in April, down by 5.7pc from a year earlier to 9,691GWh. Demand in the Tokyo metropolitan and Kansai areas, which have seen the closures of a number of offices, fell by 3.9pc to 20,539GWh and by 4.9pc to 10,438GWh respectively.
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