May 21, 2015

Bill to reform gas, electricity markets passes Lower House

The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to require utilities to segregate their power generation and transmission operations by April 2020. The bill, which won support mainly from the ruling coalition, was sent to the House of Councilors, the upper chamber. The measure ...

May 20, 2015

Regional power rate disparities said widening

Japan has seen regional disparities in electricity rates widening, largely depending on how much power firms relied on nuclear energy before the nuclear disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 power plant started in March 2011. The disparities are drawing attention ahead ...

Apr 13, 2015

2014 nuclear power output at zero

Nuclear power output stood at zero throughout fiscal 2014 for the first time since the country began commercial operation of its first nuclear plant in fiscal 1966, the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan said Monday. All of the nation’s commercial reactors were ...

Apr 7, 2015

LDP proposes future energy policy heavy on nuclear power

Ruling party lawmakers proposed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that Japan generate around 60 percent of its electricity from stable sources, a figure that meets international standards but also suggests continued reliance on nuclear power. The share of “base-load” power sources, which ...

Apr 1, 2015

Japan takes first step in power sector reform

Japan has taken the first step in its power industry shake-up with by establishing a nationwide grid management body on Wednesday, following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that exposed the vulnerability of the nation’s power system and pushed up electricity prices. The entity, called ...

Mar 16, 2015

Tepco to promote bundled services ahead of deregulation

Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to start a marketing campaign this autumn for joint sales of electricity and other services with partner companies. Tepco, which enjoys a monopoly in the Tokyo area for electricity sales to small-lot users, hopes to boost its competitiveness through ...

Mar 4, 2015

Competition to grow in Japan's ¥10 trillion energy markets

Competition within Japan’s ¥10 trillion electricity and gas retail markets looks certain to increase under full liberalization being pushed by the Cabinet. At a meeting Tuesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s team approved bills that would promote electricity and gas industry reforms aimed at liberalization. ...