Solar storm arrives at Earth, but is not a problem

Sep 13, 2014

Solar storm arrives at Earth, but is not a problem

A solar storm zapped Earth on Friday, but it was causing few, if any, problems. It may allow more people to see the colorful northern lights. Space Weather Prediction Center forecaster Chris Smith said the storm left the sun on Wednesday and first arrived ...

Sep 12, 2014

Double solar storms headed Earth's way

A rare double burst of magnetically charged solar storms was forecast to hit Earth on Thursday night and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted, officials said. Individually, the storms, known as coronal mass ejections (CME), wouldn’t ...

Aug 21, 2014

10 utilities to cut October electricity rates

All 10 of the nation’s regional power utilities plan to cut electricity prices in October, it was learned Wednesday, stretching the streak to four consecutive months as prices for liquefied natural gas and other fossil fuels continue to decline. Surcharges based on the government’s ...

Jul 23, 2014

Orix plans to build as many as 15 geothermal plants in Japan

Orix Corp. plans to build as many as 15 geothermal power stations in Japan over the next five years. The Tokyo-based finance and leasing company, which has been developing solar and biomass projects, is conducting geological surveys in Hokkaido and Aomori Prefecture, spokeswoman Tamaki ...

Jul 11, 2014

Utilities' power output falls for third straight month

The electricity generated or purchased by Japan’s 10 major power suppliers in June fell 1.6 percent from a year before to 69.81 billion kilowatt-hours, falling for the third consecutive month, an industry group said Friday. The drop reflected unseasonably low demand for air conditioning ...

Jun 11, 2014

Households free to choose power supplier

The Diet on Wednesday enacted legislation to end the grip regional monopolies have held for 60 years on the household electricity market by opening it up to greater competition. The move is expected to revolutionize the ¥7.5 trillion market for households and other small ...

May 27, 2014

Growing number of Germans opting for 'homemade' electricity

Klaus Meier lists three reasons for generating his own electricity in his family hotel in Germany’s southern city of Freiburg: “cost savings, energy efficiency, climate protection.” Like a growing number of German small businesses, homeowners, schools, hospitals and industrial plants, Meier has opted for ...

May 22, 2014

Tepco to jump into markets outside Tokyo

Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to start moving into other markets in October as Japan prepares to liberalize its electricity market in 2016, officials of the beleaguered utility said Thursday. Tepco, the nation’s largest utility, will initially make forays into the western and central ...

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 ...