Apr 23, 2015

Sendai reactor restart 'unrealistic,' regulator says

Kyushu Electric Power Co. has been forced to review restart plans for the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai Nuclear Power Plant a day after a court ruling paved the way for the move. The plant, in Kagoshima Prefecture, was set to be restarted ...

Nov 2, 2014

After nationwide blackout, Bangladesh's power supply is restored

Power was back on across Bangladesh on Sunday, a day after the impoverished, energy-starved nation was plunged into a nationwide blackout when the transmission line from neighboring India failed, officials said. The country’s energy grid was fully restored, and any further problems that may ...

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 ...

Mar 29, 2014

Utility rates to reach record highs in May

All 10 major power utilities and four major gas firms say they plan to raise rates to new records in May to reflect the consumption tax hike and high fuel prices. All 14 announced Friday they will raise rates for a fourth straight month, ...

Wind farms can tame hurricanes

Mar 8, 2014

Wind farms can tame hurricanes

by Richard Ingham

Huge offshore wind farms can protect vulnerable coastal cities against devastating cyclones such as Katrina and Sandy by tempering winds and ocean surges before they reach land, a recent study said. Had such installations existed at the time, Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans ...

Feb 28, 2014

Retail electricity market bills passed

The government approved bills Friday that will set the stage for Japan to move ahead with liberalization of the retail electricity market, something that has largely been dominated by regional monopolies over the past 60 years. The liberalization of the market for households and ...

Oct 29, 2013

Chubu Electric seventh utility to seek household rate hike

Chubu Electric Power Co. made it official Tuesday and applied for approval to raise household electricity fees, the seventh utility to seek higher rates amid the nuclear shutdown caused by the Fukushima disaster. In its request filed with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and ...

Aug 20, 2013

Utilities to cut rates in October, but gas will go up

Due to a decrease in the price of crude oil and coal used for thermal power generation, eight of the nation’s 10 major power suppliers plan to cut electricity rates for October. October electricity bills sent to the average family in the service areas ...