Oct 15, 2014

Green energy tariffs draw scrutiny

by Eric Johnston

A committee involved with the nation’s energy policy met Wednesday to discuss revisions to the 2-year-old feed-in tariff system for renewable energy. It will also investigate a utility that recently halted renewable electricity purchases under the system by claiming it didn’t have the capacity ...

Sep 27, 2014

Chugoku Electric mulls selling power outside service area

Chugoku Electric Power Co. is considering selling electricity outside its service area like other utilities as Japan moves to fully liberalize its power market around April 2016, company sources said Saturday. After meeting demand within its service area, the Hiroshima-based company is expected to ...

Sep 21, 2014

Energy-saving efforts wane as blackout fears ebb: survey

The public is less willing to save electricity to protect the environment than it was two years ago because fears of power shortages are apparently receding, a government survey says. The Fukushima nuclear disaster precipitated the use of rolling blackouts and other widespread conservation ...

Sep 19, 2014

Liberalizing the power market

Legislation enacted in June will end the decades-long monopoly of Japan's regional utility companies by liberalizing the retail sale of electricity to households in 2016.

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 ...