Jan 23, 2015

Power sales down in Japan for eighth straight month

Electricity sales by the nation’s 10 major power suppliers in December dropped 1.3 percent from a year earlier to 67.885 billion kilowatt-hours, down for the eighth month in a row, an industry group said on Friday. Sales to large-lot industrial users fell 0.5 percent ...

Jan 14, 2015

Reactor decommissioning costs to be passed to all power users

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry decided Wednesday that the cost to nuclear plant operators of decommissioning reactors should be passed on to all electricity users in principle even after the electricity market is fully opened to newcomers in 2016. The controversial scheme ...

Jan 8, 2015

Mineral may lead to better, cheaper solar cells

Materials that may be cheaper and more efficient than silicon at converting the sun’s rays into electricity could be key to the next generation of solar power, scientists say. Though years away from being used to commercially produce solar cells, perovskites, named for a ...

Chubu Electric eyeing more business in Tokyo area

Jan 5, 2015

Chubu Electric eyeing more business in Tokyo area

Chubu Electric Power Co. envisions engaging in electricity retailing and other business operations in the Tokyo area, expanding from the utility’s traditional service area, company President Akihisa Mizuno has said. A tie-up agreement with Tokyo Electric Power Co. will help Chubu Electric “hold down ...

Dec 25, 2014

Crimea hit by outages amid Ukraine power crisis

Crimea on Wednesday suffered massive blackouts after Ukraine unexpectedly stopped supplies, sparking traffic jams, hospital closures and panic across the peninsula. Train stations, businesses and the airport had to close down, traffic lights went dark causing huge snarls in the main city of Simferopol, ...

Kansai Electric applies for household rate hike

Dec 24, 2014

Kansai Electric applies for household rate hike

Kansai Electric Power Co., blaming higher fossil fuel costs, applied to the government Wednesday for permission to raise its rates for households by 10.23 percent on average starting in April. The utility, which relied heavily on nuclear power before the 2011 Fukushima crisis, last ...

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. ...