In this report to METI TEPCO admits that with all of their nuclear plants offline they have excess power generation capacity for the winter. This admission shows that the restart of Kashiwazaki Kariwa would be solely for TEPCO’s benefit and not due to any actual power demand in the region.
This makes the push to restart Kashiwazaki Kariwa purely a political and money making strategy, not a public need. Operating Kashiwazaki Kariwa was conceived as an idea to attempt to fund the increasing costs of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Under this plan hatched by the Noda administration, banks were willing to lend TEPCO money hoping the company would become profitable in the future. Restarting Kashiwazaki Kariwa would only serve TEPCO’s business needs.
Other nuclear operators like KEPCO are reporting excess winter capacity even with all nuclear plants offline.
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