Apr 17, 2014

Electric firms likely to make it through summer

The major electric utilities are again expected to secure their minimum power capacity requirements by the time demand peaks in August, with or without nuclear power, their estimates showed Thursday. But the electricity situation in the west will be tougher because Kansai Electric Power ...

Mar 29, 2014

Utility rates to reach record highs in May

All 10 major power utilities and four major gas firms say they plan to raise rates to new records in May to reflect the consumption tax hike and high fuel prices. All 14 announced Friday they will raise rates for a fourth straight month, ...

Mar 14, 2014

New way found to convert natural gas

U.S. scientists said Thursday they have devised a potentially easier, cheaper and cleaner way to turn natural gas into usable fuels and chemicals — a discovery that could lead to natural gas products displacing oil products in the future. The process would be less ...

Wind farms can tame hurricanes

Mar 8, 2014

Wind farms can tame hurricanes

by Richard Ingham

Huge offshore wind farms can protect vulnerable coastal cities against devastating cyclones such as Katrina and Sandy by tempering winds and ocean surges before they reach land, a recent study said. Had such installations existed at the time, Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans ...

Coal crunch gives impetus to India's solar switch

Mar 2, 2014

Coal crunch gives impetus to India's solar switch

For six years in a row, India’s monopoly coal producer has missed its production targets, leading to chronic electricity shortages and sending power producers scrambling to secure pricier imports. But what looks like a looming crisis could turn out to be an almost accidental ...

Feb 28, 2014

Retail electricity market bills passed

The government approved bills Friday that will set the stage for Japan to move ahead with liberalization of the retail electricity market, something that has largely been dominated by regional monopolies over the past 60 years. The liberalization of the market for households and ...

Energy-starved Pakistan sets sights on coal

Feb 24, 2014

Energy-starved Pakistan sets sights on coal

After years of rolling blackouts that have wreaked havoc on industry and fueled political unrest, energy-starved Pakistan has set its sights on a coal-fired future. Regarded as the dirtiest of all fossil fuels, recent discoveries of untapped coal fields in southern Pakistan have convinced ...

Feb 8, 2014

Silicon Valley power-grid attack 'terrorism': ex-regulator

A former regulator says a 2013 shooting that nearly knocked out the power supply in California’s Silicon Valley was a terrorist attack, possibly testing for a bigger strike, but others cast doubt on the claim. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday it could ...

Germany plans swift subsidy cuts for renewables

Jan 20, 2014

Germany plans swift subsidy cuts for renewables

Germany’s new energy minister has outlined cuts in subsidies to producers of renewable energy as the country wrestles with soaring costs from its nuclear power exit, according to a document obtained Sunday. Opposition lawmakers and the solar energy sector have already criticized the reforms, ...