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Four of Japan’s utility companies, including Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO), the operator of the Oi, Fukui Prefecture nuclear plant that was just ordered to be restarted, have stated they will be using rolling blackouts over the summer in their services areas. Blackouts lasting about two hours would be conducted only when the peak demand is going to surpass the supply capacity by 1%. The plan is that this strategy will prevent unexpected, wide-spread power outages which would be more damaging to a greater number of people.