Sep 14, 2014

Power companies mull further rate hikes with reactors on hold

A year after the nation’s last nuclear reactor was taken offline, utilities are exploring additional hikes in electricity prices as the cost of offsetting the loss of atomic power continues to climb. On Sept. 15, 2013, the No. 4 reactor at Kansai Electric Power ...

Hokkaido utility eyes raising its rates again

Feb 18, 2014

Hokkaido utility eyes raising its rates again

Amid rising fuel costs for thermal power generation due to the prolonged suspension of its Tomari nuclear plant, Hokkaido Electric Power Co. announced it will apply to raise electricity rates. Among the six utilities that raised rates following the March 2011 start of the ...

Aug 6, 2013

Hokkaido, Tohoku, Shikoku utility rate hikes OK'd

Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Tuesday approved electricity rate hikes for households requested by three utilities facing growing fuel costs amid the halt of their nuclear reactors. Hokkaido Electric Power Co. will raise rates by 7.73 percent on average from Sept. 1, Tohoku Electric ...