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 ...

Oct 1, 2014

Four more utilities stop signing contracts for purchasing renewable energy

Four more regional utilities said Tuesday they will stop signing contracts to buy renewable energy from mega solar power plants and other suppliers, citing transmission network capacity limitations. The move by the regional utilities serving Shikoku, Hokkaido, Tohoku and Okinawa follows Kyushu Electric Power ...

Sep 13, 2014

Solar, wind power proposed as way to refill hydrogen stations

The Environment Ministry is considering using alternative energy sources to generate hydrogen for the refueling stations being built to recharge fuel cells in next-generation automobiles, ministry officials said. The ministry aims to set up pilot projects across the country in places deemed suitable for ...

Power play: the debate over renewable energy

Aug 16, 2014

Power play: the debate over renewable energy

by Eric Johnston

On Aug. 26, 2011, the same day that Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigned after widespread criticism of his handling of the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, the Diet ...

Aug 12, 2014

Tepco may spin off hydroelectric, renewable energy division

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is considering spinning off its hydroelectric and renewable energy division when it switches to a holding company in April 2016, informed sources said Tuesday. A rehabilitation plan compiled last January calls on Tepco to split the three businesses of fuel ...