The government withheld an estimate that there would be no electricity shortages in the upcoming summer in an apparent bid to underscore the need to restart nuclear power plants, it has been learned.
Gov’t announced last summer that electric power supply in the summer of 2012 “will be about 10 percent short across the country”
Gov’t estimate greatly downplayed the supply of renewable energy, disregarding the country’s actual energy status
Power companies were capable of procuring [...] renewable energy [...] equal to the output of about seven nuclear reactors
Gov’t estimate stated that utilities were unable to provide renewable energy supplies.
The recalculation found that the country would have a surplus power supply of up to 6 percent even without a government order for power restrictions if renewable energy supply and other elements were factored in
The recalculated data was compiled in August last year and was reported to Prime Minister Kan, but it was never released to the public