Electricity Updates

  • The power company, TEPCO, says that if we do not use a great deal less power, we may have large-scale, unplanned power outages. Please turn off and unplug everything that you are not using and consider turnng your heater down or off. (Updated March 17, 2011 at 17:56)
  • Despite the fact that the Tsukuba City Hall website says that rolling blackouts will NOT be scheduled for any cities, towns, and villages in Ibaraki from March 15 onwards, according to this Yahoo map (which is linked to directly from the Tokyo Electric Power Company website), it seems that some areas of Ibaraki WILL experience blackouts. (Tsukuba is NOT included.) Here is what it indicates on the map.
    • Group 1 – 9:20 to 13:00 16:50 to 20:30 — Shimotsuma City, Joso City, Moriya City, Tsukuba Mirai City, Toride City, Tone Town
    • Group 2 – 12:20 to 16:00 — Group 2 – Koga City, Sakai Town
    • Group 3 – 15:20 to 19:00 — Group 3 – Hitachi Omiya City, Hitachi Oda City, Tokai-mura, Miho Village
    • Group 4 – 18:20 to 22:00 — Kasama City, Shirosato Town
    • Group 5 – 6:20 to 10:00 13:50 to 17:30 — Omitama City, Namegata City, Itako City, Kashima City, Kamisu City

    Please note that these are only the places in IBARAKI in these groups. There are many other areas throughout Japan included in these groups. (Updated March 17, 2011 at 08:17)

  • According to the Tsukuba City Hall website, rolling blackouts will NOT be scheduled for any cities, towns, and villages in Ibaraki from March 15 onwards. (Updated March 16, 2011 at 00:13)
  • According to the Ibaraki Prefecture website, rolling blackouts will NOT be held in Ibaraki on March 15, 2011. (Updated March 15, 2011 at 13:01)
  • Here is the schedule for rolling blackouts on March 15, 2011
    • Group 3: 6:20 to 10:00
    • Group 4: 9:20 to 13:00
    • Group 5: 12:20 to 16:00
    • Group 1: 15:20 to 19:00
    • Group 2: 18:20 to 22:00

    Please see this spreadsheet for the blackout schedule for Tsukuba. (Updated March 14, 2011 at 23:21)

  • According to NHK News (TV), the Group 1 power outages planned for the morning (that were originally cancelled), may still happen. There is no further information. (Updated March 14, 2011 at 09:03)
  • According to the NHK News website, the Group 1 power outages planned for the morning have been cancelled because demand has decreased. This is possibly due to decreases in trains running and households restricting their electricity use. There is no information regarding the blackouts that are scheduled from 9:20am and onwards. (Updated March 14, 2011 at 07:46)
  • According to Kumi, a member of the Facebook group that is helping to disseminate information to Tsukuba residents, the Group 1 blackouts for the morning have been cancelled. This information comes from NHK News (TV). (Updated March 14, 2011 at 07:02)
  • Please see this spreadsheet for the blackout schedule for Tsukuba. The blackouts will happen for three hours during the spans that are listed. I will add to this spreadsheet if I can get more details. (Updated March 13, 2011 at 23:26)
  • According to the Tokyo Electric Power Company English website The blackouts in Tsukuba will happen on Monday, March 14 as follows.
    • Group 1 – 6:20 – 10:00am and 4:50pm – 8:30pm
    • Group 3 – 12:20pm – 4:00pm

    The groups refer to specific parts of Tsukuba. We are not sure which parts yet. We will let you know as soon as we know. (Updated March 13, 2011 at 21:19)

  • The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry just announced (on NHK) that the schedule for the blackouts will be discussed and announced soon.
  • The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry just announced (on NHK) that rolling blackouts will likely start tomorrow morning. They will likely continue for two to three weeks. Tokyo Electric Power Company will issue a press release with more information at 8:00pm today. (Updated March 13, 2011 at 18:48)
  • The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry just announced (on NHK) that the possibility of rolling blackouts is very high. They will likely last for three hours each and will continue for two to three weeks. Tokyo Electric Power Company will issue a press release with more information at 6:30pm today. (Updated March 13, 2011 at 17:48)
  • According to the Tokyo Electric Power Company English website, power shortages should be expected. Everyone is encouraged to avoid using unnecessary lighting and electrical equipment. (Updated March 13, 2011 at 17:18)
  • According to the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry website, we should try our best to conserve electricity. (Updated March 13, 2011 at 17:15)
  • I have heard that there will be rolling blackouts throughout eastern Japan, but I have not been able to find any official sources to back up this information. If you can confirm this with an official source, please let us know in the comments. (Updated March 13, 2011 at 15:57)
  • As far as I know, electricity has been restored to households in Tsukuba. If that is not true for you, please let me know in the comments and I will try to find out what the situation is by checking the Tokyo Electric Company website.
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5 Responses to Electricity Updates

  1. Andrea K says:

    Monday morning.

    Group 1 electricity stoppage from 6:20am was “canceled” but the situation is being checked.

    It might suddenly go off during the alloted time if Tokyo Elect. Co. needs to do so.

  2. Andrea K says:

    Almost all of Tsukuba (especially around the center area) is in Group 1.

    You can find a PDF on the TEPCO website:

    http://www.tepco.co.jp/images/ibaraki.pdf

  3. K.Kaneko says:

    rolling power blackouts for 15th March (according to TEPCO official site)
    Group1 15:20-19:00
    Group2 18:20-22:00
    Group3 6:20-10:00
    Group4 9:20-13:00
    Group5 12:20-16:00
    There could be power blackouts for two to three hours in the time range for the each group.

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