Jan 18, 2017

Two nuclear reactors in Saga Prefecture pass safety checks

Two nuclear reactors in Saga Prefecture passed a key state safety assessment Wednesday, but uncertainty remains over whether operator Kyushu Electric Power Co. will win local support to bring them back online amid lingering safety concerns. The No. 3 and No. 4 units of ...

Jan 14, 2017

Chinese, Germans seek to turn Chernobyl wasteland into solar park

Chinese and Germans are among dozens of investors taking Ukraine up on its offer to turn the grounds of one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters into a massive solar park. Thirteen international investors are among the 39 groups seeking Ukrainian permission to install ...

Law to make Tepco retain money for decommissioning costs

Jan 14, 2017

Law to make Tepco retain money for decommissioning costs

The government plans to legally oblige Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. to retain money to cover costs for decommissioning its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Jiji Press has learned. A draft of a bill to revise the law on the Nuclear ...

Jan 12, 2017

British Columbia OKs Trans Mountain pipeline to Alberta oil sands area

Canada’s Pacific Coast province of British Columbia on Wednesday approved the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline from the Alberta oil sands that will allow oil exports to Asia. British Columbia Premier Christy Clark announced the conditions her government placed on the project ...

Chinese renewable power giant builds global empire

Jan 8, 2017

Chinese renewable power giant builds global empire

Other investors are wary of Brazil, but when Duke Energy wanted to sell 10 hydroelectric dams there, a Chinese utility shrugged off the country’s economic turmoil and paid $1.2 billion to add them to an energy empire that stretches from Malaysia to Germany to ...

Yamanashi vies for energy storage investment

Dec 26, 2016

Yamanashi vies for energy storage investment

A patch of land in the shadow of Mount Fuji is becoming a testing ground for energy storage, with some of Japan’s leading companies trying to develop technologies such as spinning flywheels and fuel cells. The Yamanashi Prefectural Government is hoping that by attracting ...

U.S. wind power enjoys a rebirth as solar's obstacles mount

Dec 18, 2016

U.S. wind power enjoys a rebirth as solar's obstacles mount

A year after Congress extended generous tax credits for renewable energy projects, the U.S. wind industry is thriving. Solar power companies, meanwhile, are hunkering down for a rough 2017. The tax credit renewal has boosted the long-term outlooks for both industries. But in the ...