May 16, 2014

No electricity-saving targets this summer

The government said Friday it won’t set numerical power-saving targets this summer even though concerns about shortages linger, especially among suppliers in the west and southwest. It is the second consecutive year that the government has refrained from imposing numerical targets to stave off ...

May 12, 2014

Mild electric current sparks 'lucid dreams,' study finds

Scientists say they have used a harmless electrical current to modify sleep so that an individual has “lucid dreams,” a particularly powerful form of dreaming. The discovery, announced Sunday, provides insights into the mechanism of dreaming — an area that has fascinated thinkers for ...

May 4, 2014

Tepco client outflow surged 20% in 2013

Tokyo Electric Power Co. lost around 8,450 large-lot customers in fiscal 2013, up some 20 percent from the year before, according to sources. The contracted electricity supply of those clients totaled 1.2 million kilowatts, equivalent to the output of a large nuclear reactor, the ...

Apr 21, 2014

Power, gas rates to rise in many areas in June

Electricity and gas rates will rise in many areas of Japan in June to reflect higher prices of imported liquefied natural gas, Jiji Press learned Monday. In Tokyo, average-household power bills are seen increasing ¥25 from May to ¥8,565 in June, a new record ...

Apr 19, 2014

Turkey eyes burning pistachio nut shells to heat new eco-city

Turkey may have found a new way to exploit pistachios, the nuts that are a key ingredient in Turkish baklava — by using their shells to heat a new eco-city. Officials are examining plans to build the country’s first ecological city with buildings both ...

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 ...