TEPCO to expand gas sales

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. plans to expand its city gas sales to households, the chief of its retail arm said in a recent interview.

“Our package sales of electricity and gas will be ready in the Kansai western Japan and Chubu central regions” in fiscal 2018, which starts in April, Toshihiro Kawasaki, president of TEPCO Energy Partner Inc., said.

The company aims to sell gas to the 60,000 customers of its electricity sales in the two regions.

TEPCO started gas sales in the Kanto eastern region, including Tokyo, in July 2017. The number of customers stood at some 126,000 as of Feb. 20, exceeding its first-year target of 100,000.

TEPCO Energy Partner expects to achieve one million customers in its gas sales, including through partner supplier Nippon Gas Co., in fiscal 2018, a year earlier than previously expected, Kawasaki said.

TEPCO has been struggling with a continued outflow of customers in its power sales in the Kanto region since the 2016 liberalization of the country’s electricity retail market.

Kawasaki showed an intention to collaborate with companies outside the energy industry, such as information technology firms, to provide services without sticking to the TEPCO brand.Speech

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