Jul 23, 2014

Orix plans to build as many as 15 geothermal plants in Japan

Orix Corp. plans to build as many as 15 geothermal power stations in Japan over the next five years. The Tokyo-based finance and leasing company, which has been developing solar and biomass projects, is conducting geological surveys in Hokkaido and Aomori Prefecture, spokeswoman Tamaki ...

Jul 11, 2014

Utilities' power output falls for third straight month

The electricity generated or purchased by Japan’s 10 major power suppliers in June fell 1.6 percent from a year before to 69.81 billion kilowatt-hours, falling for the third consecutive month, an industry group said Friday. The drop reflected unseasonably low demand for air conditioning ...

Jun 11, 2014

Households free to choose power supplier

The Diet on Wednesday enacted legislation to end the grip regional monopolies have held for 60 years on the household electricity market by opening it up to greater competition. The move is expected to revolutionize the ¥7.5 trillion market for households and other small ...

May 27, 2014

Growing number of Germans opting for 'homemade' electricity

Klaus Meier lists three reasons for generating his own electricity in his family hotel in Germany’s southern city of Freiburg: “cost savings, energy efficiency, climate protection.” Like a growing number of German small businesses, homeowners, schools, hospitals and industrial plants, Meier has opted for ...

May 22, 2014

Tepco to jump into markets outside Tokyo

Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to start moving into other markets in October as Japan prepares to liberalize its electricity market in 2016, officials of the beleaguered utility said Thursday. Tepco, the nation’s largest utility, will initially make forays into the western and central ...

May 16, 2014

No electricity-saving targets this summer

The government said Friday it won’t set numerical power-saving targets this summer even though concerns about shortages linger, especially among suppliers in the west and southwest. It is the second consecutive year that the government has refrained from imposing numerical targets to stave off ...

May 12, 2014

Mild electric current sparks 'lucid dreams,' study finds

Scientists say they have used a harmless electrical current to modify sleep so that an individual has “lucid dreams,” a particularly powerful form of dreaming. The discovery, announced Sunday, provides insights into the mechanism of dreaming — an area that has fascinated thinkers for ...

May 4, 2014

Tepco client outflow surged 20% in 2013

Tokyo Electric Power Co. lost around 8,450 large-lot customers in fiscal 2013, up some 20 percent from the year before, according to sources. The contracted electricity supply of those clients totaled 1.2 million kilowatts, equivalent to the output of a large nuclear reactor, the ...

Apr 21, 2014

Power, gas rates to rise in many areas in June

Electricity and gas rates will rise in many areas of Japan in June to reflect higher prices of imported liquefied natural gas, Jiji Press learned Monday. In Tokyo, average-household power bills are seen increasing ¥25 from May to ¥8,565 in June, a new record ...

Apr 19, 2014

Turkey eyes burning pistachio nut shells to heat new eco-city

Turkey may have found a new way to exploit pistachios, the nuts that are a key ingredient in Turkish baklava — by using their shells to heat a new eco-city. Officials are examining plans to build the country’s first ecological city with buildings both ...

Apr 17, 2014

Electric firms likely to make it through summer

The major electric utilities are again expected to secure their minimum power capacity requirements by the time demand peaks in August, with or without nuclear power, their estimates showed Thursday. But the electricity situation in the west will be tougher because Kansai Electric Power ...