Dec 14, 2014

Blackout leaves bullet train riders in the cold in Niigata

Heavy snow caused a power outage along parts of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line for about six hours on Sunday morning, leaving some 300 passengers trapped in a bullet train for 2½ hours near the mountainous southern border of Niigata Prefecture. East Japan Railway Co. ...

Dec 5, 2014

Tepco unlikely to raise prices again in 2014

Tokyo Electric Power Co. will likely forgo another price hike before the March 31 end of fiscal 2014 because it plans to cut costs further, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is expected ...

Nov 3, 2014

METI to overhaul rules on feed-in tariff program

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry intends to eliminate companies from the feed-in tariff system that have promised to sell electricity but have no plans to generate renewable energy themselves, sources say. At an experts’ meeting to be held Wednesday, METI will suggest ...

Nov 2, 2014

After nationwide blackout, Bangladesh's power supply is restored

Power was back on across Bangladesh on Sunday, a day after the impoverished, energy-starved nation was plunged into a nationwide blackout when the transmission line from neighboring India failed, officials said. The country’s energy grid was fully restored, and any further problems that may ...

More electric-car drivers trading gas for free solar power

Nov 1, 2014

More electric-car drivers trading gas for free solar power

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle. The ...

Oct 15, 2014

Green energy tariffs draw scrutiny

by Eric Johnston

A committee involved with the nation’s energy policy met Wednesday to discuss revisions to the 2-year-old feed-in tariff system for renewable energy. It will also investigate a utility that recently halted renewable electricity purchases under the system by claiming it didn’t have the capacity ...

Sep 27, 2014

Chugoku Electric mulls selling power outside service area

Chugoku Electric Power Co. is considering selling electricity outside its service area like other utilities as Japan moves to fully liberalize its power market around April 2016, company sources said Saturday. After meeting demand within its service area, the Hiroshima-based company is expected to ...

Sep 21, 2014

Energy-saving efforts wane as blackout fears ebb: survey

The public is less willing to save electricity to protect the environment than it was two years ago because fears of power shortages are apparently receding, a government survey says. The Fukushima nuclear disaster precipitated the use of rolling blackouts and other widespread conservation ...