May 4, 2014

Tepco client outflow surged 20% in 2013

Tokyo Electric Power Co. lost around 8,450 large-lot customers in fiscal 2013, up some 20 percent from the year before, according to sources. The contracted electricity supply of those clients totaled 1.2 million kilowatts, equivalent to the output of a large nuclear reactor, the ...

May 2, 2014

Nuclear expert doubts ice wall will solve Fukushima plant leaks

An international nuclear expert expressed skepticism Thursday about Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s plan to set up an experimental ice wall to ultimately stop radioactive water from escaping from the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. “I’m not convinced that the freeze wall is the ...

Apr 30, 2014

Tepco reports profit for first time since '11

Tokyo Electric Power Co. moved into the black in fiscal 2013 thanks to drastic cost-cutting efforts taken in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Tepco is restructuring after effectively being put under state control after the March 2011 quake and tsunami triggered core meltdowns ...

Apr 18, 2014

Sharp to build solar complex within hot zone

Sharp Corp. said it will build a large 2,200-kw solar power plant in the town of Tomioka, which is within an evacuation advisory area around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Under an agreement with the town, Sharp plans to begin construction in ...

August water leak at No. 1 far more toxic than announced: Tepco

Apr 12, 2014

August water leak at No. 1 far more toxic than announced: Tepco

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday that toxic water found to have leaked last August at one of the huge tanks at the accident-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was far more contaminated than initially announced. After recalculating the radiation level, Tepco said ...

Energy plan fails to set targets for renewables

Apr 9, 2014

Energy plan fails to set targets for renewables

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s final version of a draft energy report reinforces the role of nuclear power in the country’s future, but falls short of setting specific goals for renewable energy use. The policy describes nuclear power as “an important base-load ...

Apr 8, 2014

Climate that values safety tops: NRA chief

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said Tuesday that establishing a climate that values safety is essential before the nation returns to nuclear power, in light of the Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant disaster that started in 2011. “It is said that there has ...

Tepco to start diverting Fukushima groundwater to sea in May

Apr 5, 2014

Tepco to start diverting Fukushima groundwater to sea in May

The government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. plan to start diverting the uncontaminated groundwater flowing into the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to the ocean as early as next month, officials said Friday. The plan to pump up groundwater before it mingles with ...