Japan's electricity shake-up gives power to the people

| Mar 31, 2016

Japan's electricity shake-up gives power to the people

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Japan’s electricity market receives a fundamental shake-up on Friday, with the introduction of greater competition for households and small businesses. Until now, regional utilities have monopolized supply. There will be some unfamiliar names among the new entrants, bringing with them a wide range of ...

Mar 18, 2016

Power sales fell for 10th straight month in February

Electricity sales by the nation’s 10 major power suppliers in February dropped 1.7 percent year on year to 72,893 million kilowatt-hours, down for the 10th consecutive month, an industry group said Friday. The decrease reflects a fall in demand for electricity for heating following ...

Power plan complaints up

Mar 5, 2016

Power plan complaints up

The number of complaints and consultations over the full liberalization of Japan’s electricity retail market in April is surging, informed sources told Jiji Press on Friday. The number of reports given to the National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan about unsolicited door-to-door sales and ...

Feb 27, 2016

U.S. studying sophisticated cyberattack on Ukraine power grid

A U.S. investigation found that a December hack on the Ukrainian power grid was coordinated and highly sophisticated. The report, released Thursday, offers a detailed look at one of the first cyberattacks to succeed in taking down part of a national power grid. The ...

Feb 25, 2016

Tokyo power retailer pulls plug, owes reported ¥1 billion to Tepco

Financially struggling Japan Logitec Cooperative Association is likely cease electricity retail operations at the end of March, informed sources said Wednesday. The Tokyo-based power retailer has asked Tokyo Electric Power Co. to cancel a contract to use Tepco’s power grid, chiefly due to its ...

Global wind power capacity tops nuclear energy for first time

Feb 20, 2016

Global wind power capacity tops nuclear energy for first time

The capacity of wind power generation worldwide reached 432.42 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2015, up 17 percent from a year earlier and surpassing nuclear energy for the first time, according to data released by global industry bodies. The generation capacity of wind ...

Jan 29, 2016

Japan power use drops to 17-year-low amid slower economic growth

Power usage in Japan dropped last year to the lowest level since 1998 as households and businesses conserved electricity amid a stagnant economy and shrinking population. The country consumed 806.03 terawatt-hours of electricity from Japan’s 10 regional power utilities, down 2.7 percent from 2014, ...

Dec 24, 2015

U.S. Christmas lights use more energy than some entire countries

American household Christmas lights, a favorite holiday tradition, use up more electricity than some poorer countries — such as El Salvador or Ethiopia — do in a year. Bright lights strung on American trees, rooftops and lawns account for 6.63 billion kilowatt hours of ...

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.

Science makes progress toward a more powerful lithium-air battery

Oct 30, 2015

Science makes progress toward a more powerful lithium-air battery

A new kind of chemistry could power lithium-air batteries over long-standing technological hurdles, leading toward a product that may one day be strong enough to replace gasoline in cars, researchers said Thursday. Rechargeable batteries have been around for decades — the lithium-ion battery that ...