Oct 28, 2015

Kansai Electric Power Co. seeks 'loose' alliances amid nuclear uncertainty

Kansai Electric Power Co., Japan’s second-biggest power utility, is seeking “loose partnerships” with energy companies amid uncertainty over the timing of nuclear restarts and ahead of the deregulation of the retail electricity market. The Osaka-based utility, which agreed to cooperative partnerships with the London-based ...

Sep 11, 2015

Kyushu Electric begins fueling second Sendai reactor

Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Friday it was loading fuel into the second reactor at its Sendai nuclear power plant, bringing it a step closer to a planned mid-October restart. The No. 2 reactor at the two-unit plant will be the second nationwide to ...

Utilities buying new gas turbines to cut fuel bills

Sep 4, 2015

Utilities buying new gas turbines to cut fuel bills

The nation’s biggest power utilities are pushing ahead with plans to spend more on new turbines to improve the efficiency of their gas-fired power plants in an effort to lower fuel bills amid a protracted debate over the role of nuclear power. Chubu Electric ...

Aug 5, 2015

NRA approves long-term operating plan for Sendai nuclear plant

The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday approved Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s management plans, which are required to operate its reactor at the Sendai plant for more than 30 years. The approval came days before the unit’s planned restart under stricter safety requirements imposed following ...

Shareholders pressure utilities to ditch nuclear power

Jun 25, 2015

Shareholders pressure utilities to ditch nuclear power

Shareholders and politicians on Thursday urged the nation’s top utilities to exit nuclear power as the central government moves to restart reactors idled by public safety fears in the wake of the triple core meltdown in Fukushima Prefecture in 2011. Despite a number of ...