Oct 31, 2015

Review of feed-in tariff system

Besides boosting the use of renewable energy, the government's review of the feed-in tariff system should also correct the overreliance on solar power among the various forms of alternative sources.

Oct 29, 2015

Tepco second-quarter profit slides amid lower electricity use

Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, reported a 26 percent decline in second-quarter operating profit due to fuel-price adjustments, as its users consumed less energy. Tepco posted an operating profit of ¥156.8 billion for the three ...

Oct 28, 2015

Kansai Electric Power Co. seeks 'loose' alliances amid nuclear uncertainty

Kansai Electric Power Co., Japan’s second-biggest power utility, is seeking “loose partnerships” with energy companies amid uncertainty over the timing of nuclear restarts and ahead of the deregulation of the retail electricity market. The Osaka-based utility, which agreed to cooperative partnerships with the London-based ...

Sep 27, 2015

Misplaced emphasis on coal

The government and the power industry should rethink their emphasis on coal as a cheap alternative to nuclear energy in view of the impact on the nation's efforts against climate change.

Aug 12, 2015

Power plant operators to invest ¥3 trillion on safety measures

Eleven nuclear power plant operators plan to invest a total of ¥3 trillion on a variety of safety measures, informed sources said Tuesday. The safety measures include installing breakwaters and ensuring emergency power sources are available. In addition, the companies are required to implement ...

Jul 29, 2015

Tepco's quarterly profit triples as fuel prices plunge

Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, said its first-quarter operating profit tripled as a drop in fuel prices helped cut costs. Tepco, as Japan’s biggest utility is known, posted an operating profit of ¥228.3 billion ($1.85 billion) ...

Kansai Electric eyes joint procurement with four other utilities

Jul 27, 2015

Kansai Electric eyes joint procurement with four other utilities

Kansai Electric Power Co. and four other regional utilities are planning to jointly purchase equipment as part of cost-cutting efforts, industry sources said Monday. The tie-up between Kansai Electric, Chugoku Electric Power Co., Kyushu Electric Power Co., Shikoku Electric Power Co. and Hokuriku Electric ...

Jul 5, 2015

Electricity and gas liberalization

Liberalization of the electricity and gas industries could be a boon, but the government needs to keep a close watch to make sure consumers don't get burned.