Japanese power generation increased to 89.7TWh in January, up 4.2% m-o-m and up 4.4% y-o-y. This is the highest power output for January since 2011. The rise in power output was caused by fall in temperatures to -4°C, which was the lowest in 48 years. Coal-fired generation increased to 28.1TWh, up 1.4% m-o-m and up 2.6% y-o-y. Increase in coal-fired generation corresponds with the fall in coal stocks at thermal power plants to 8.2m tonnes at the end of January, down 6.7% m-o-m and down 3.7% y-o-y. LNG generation increased to 41.8TWh, up 7.1% m-o-m and up 4% y-o-y. Oil-fired generation totalled 4.9TWh, up 3.1% m-o-m but still was 2.5% lower y-o-y; while power output from other thermal sources increased to 4.9TWh, up 4.7% m-o-m and up 6.3% y-o-y.
Nuclear generation totalled 2.6TWh in January, down 2.7% m-o-m but still was 93.9% higher y-o-y.
Japanese renewable generation increased to 7.4TWh, up 2.7% m-o-m and up 8.8% y-o-y. This is mostly due to the rise in hydropower generation, which increased to a record high for January at 5.9TWh, up 2.4% m-o-m and up 6.7% y-o-y. Power generation from other renewable sources such as wind, solar, biomass and waste also increased to 1.4TWh, up 4% m-o-m and up 18.2% y-o-y.