May 15, 2015

Government approves 8.36% price hike for Kepco

The government on Friday approved hiking electricity rates for Kansai Electric Power Co.’s household subscribers by an average of 8.36 percent, effective June 1. Kansai Electric will, however, limit the hikes to 4.62 percent on average for the first four months to lessen the ...

Apr 17, 2015

Current nonnuclear power capacity should suffice for summer: METI

Japan is expected to secure the minimum required power supply capacity this summer, the industry ministry said Thursday, meaning electricity supply will be sufficient during the high-demand season even if none of the country’s nuclear reactors resumes operation by then. Although the government is ...

Feb 27, 2015

Takahama assembly to vote on restarting nuclear reactors

by Eric Johnston

The town assembly of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, which hosts Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama nuclear power plant, will decide by March 20 whether to approve the restart of the plant’s No. 3 and 4 reactors, which recently cleared central government inspections. The decision by ...

Two idled Kepco reactors to get safety OK next week

Feb 4, 2015

Two idled Kepco reactors to get safety OK next week

Two more idled nuclear reactors, in Fukui Prefecture, are set to obtain safety clearance from regulators, sources said, giving another boost to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to revive atomic power following the 2011 triple meltdown at Tepco’s Fukushima No. 1 plant. Reactors 3 ...

Sep 9, 2014

Kansai Electric plans to supply power to Tokyo-area condominiums

Kansai Electric Power Co. reportedly plans to begin supplying electricity to condominiums in the Tokyo metropolitan area by forming a capital and business tie-up with a bulk energy provider based in Osaka. Through the alliance with Chuo Electric Power Co., Kansai Electric will aim ...

Oi ruling may fuel anti-nuclear push

| May 22, 2014

Oi ruling may fuel anti-nuclear push

by Eric Johnston

Wednesday’s court ruling blocking restarts of the No. 3 and 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi plant may embolden opponents of nuclear power nationwide. It creates a legal precedent and could fuel resistance to restarts, throwing into question whether the administration of ...