The auto industry is looking to reduce its electricity use by 15 percent over the summer. The plants will adhere to the new schedule from July through September.
A big part of Japan's energy woes has to do with the closure of the heavily damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, but the facility isn't the only one to close. Chubu Electric Power Co. shut down its nuclear plant to bolster its foundation in preparation for later earthquakes. A government study shows that a magnitude eight earthquake has an 87-percent chance of hitting the region in the next 30 years.