May 3, 2015

The same old energy mix

The government's draft for Japan's energy mix in 2030 makes it clear that the Abe administration is pursuing a return to the nation's energy landscape that existed before the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Apr 11, 2015

Hydrogen fuel study reveals corn promise

U.S. scientists said on April 6 that they have found a way to use discarded corn husks and stalks to make cheap hydrogen fuel that doesn’t pollute the environment in the same way as fossil fuels. The advances by a team at Virginia Polytechnic ...

Political obstacles stymie energy autonomy

| Mar 28, 2015

Political obstacles stymie energy autonomy

by Philip Brasor

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Japan earlier this month, local coverage focused on a joint German-Japanese statement about the Ukraine crisis and her comment that Japan should forthrightly address its actions during World War II. She said nothing about how Japan and ...

Dec 23, 2014

¥300 billion allocated for energy projects

The government plans to spend ¥300 billion promoting renewable energy and helping small businesses cope with pricier fuel bills, according to informed sources. The package will be adopted at a Cabinet meeting Saturday. It is expected to include a program promoting the development of ...

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 ...

Oct 5, 2014

Unprepared for green electricity

It was hoped that the feed-in tariff system introduced in 2012 would help revitalize local economies and reduce Japan's dependence on nuclear power. Recently, though, one power company after another has announced it will stop purchasing electricity generated by solar, wind, geothermal and smaller ...

Clean energy boom challenges power grid

Oct 2, 2014

Clean energy boom challenges power grid

by Chisaki Watanabe

Four regional utilities stopped signing contracts to buy renewable energy from big solar power plants and other suppliers starting Wednesday, limiting an influx that is testing the nation’s electricity grid. The decision by the utilities serving Shikoku, Hokkaido, Tohoku and Okinawa, and a similar ...