Japan’s use of Gas & Oil for power generation has doubled in 1 year. #rsrh

Japan’s use of thermal generation is up since March 2011 due to nuclear plant outages

Japan’s use of thermal generation—the combined amount of electricity generated from natural gas, oil, and coal-fired plants—was up 40% for January-April 2012, compared to the same period in 2011 due to the Tohoku earthquake and related tsunami that led to the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and subsequent outages at other plants (see chart above). …

Nuclear power generation accounted for about 30% of Japan’s total generation, on average, between 1987 and 2011. As a result of the nuclear outages, thermal generation of electricity rose to 90% of Japan’s total electricity output during the first four months of 2012, compared to an average of 64% for the same period in 2011.

Japan’s electric power utilities are consuming more liquefied natural gas (LNG) and petroleum to make up for the shortfall in nuclear output. Total post-Fukushima fossil fuel consumption peaked at about 500 trillion British thermal units in January 2012 … . Coal consumption, on the other hand, is relatively unchanged since before the accident.

(From the Energy Information Administration – eia.gov)

{Editor’s note: Both crude oil and fuel oil usage have increased from 100,000 to 300,000 barrels per day in the last year. That’s enough to be noticed in the world markets. Using oil for electricity generation is like swatting flies with a baseball bat. But since Japan has no native source of natural gas, there are few alternatives. SM}

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