Apr 17, 2015

Current nonnuclear power capacity should suffice for summer: METI

Japan is expected to secure the minimum required power supply capacity this summer, the industry ministry said Thursday, meaning electricity supply will be sufficient during the high-demand season even if none of the country’s nuclear reactors resumes operation by then. Although the government is ...

Mar 19, 2015

Kyushu Electric aims to restart Sendai plant reactor in June

Kyushu Electric Power Co. has submitted a plan to the Nuclear Regulation Authority to restart the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture in June, sources close to the matter said Thursday. It’s the first time a schedule for restarting ...

Tepco to mull rate hike if it can't restart Niigata nuclear complex

Feb 16, 2015

Tepco to mull rate hike if it can't restart Niigata nuclear complex

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it will need to consider raising electricity rates for the first time since 2012 unless it can restart the world’s biggest nuclear plant. Resumption of the Kashiwazaki Kariwa station in Niigata Prefecture is essential for sustaining profits, Tepco President ...

Feb 6, 2015

Kyushu Electric still preparing Sendai nuclear reactor papers

Kyushu Electric Power Co. is still preparing documents needed for two reactors at its Sendai nuclear power station in Kagoshima Prefecture to pass regulatory examinations that will enable their restart, over four months after they were given the green light, officials said Thursday. The ...

Two idled Kepco reactors to get safety OK next week

Feb 4, 2015

Two idled Kepco reactors to get safety OK next week

Two more idled nuclear reactors, in Fukui Prefecture, are set to obtain safety clearance from regulators, sources said, giving another boost to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to revive atomic power following the 2011 triple meltdown at Tepco’s Fukushima No. 1 plant. Reactors 3 ...

Jan 23, 2015

Government mulls 15%-20% target for nuclear power output by 2030

Japan is mulling setting the proportion of electricity to be generated by nuclear power at around 15 to 20 percent in 2030, lower than the 28.6 percent in fiscal 2010 before the Fukushima nuclear disaster, government officials said Thursday. The government will also consider ...

Jan 5, 2015

Local governments want bigger say in restarting reactors

Only about 20 percent of 160 prefectural and municipal governments that host or are located near nuclear plants support how Kyushu Electric Power Co. went about getting the go-ahead for restarting its reactors in Kagoshima Prefecture. Kyushu Electric won consent in November from the ...