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With its reactors in limbo, Kansai Electric looks to coal

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The Nos. 3 and 4 reactors sit idle at Kansai Electric's Oi nuclear power plant, in Oi, Fukui Prefecture.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Bowing to the bleak prospects for restarting its nuclear reactors, Kansai Electric Power has decided to go big into coal-fired plants.

     The greater Osaka area's power supplier is planning to secure 1.5 million kilowatts of generation capacity by the end of March 2015, according to a power supply plan released Wednesday. That is roughly equal to the output of one large nuclear reactor.

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