Storm leaves 300,000 without power in U.S. on Thanksgiving

Nov 28, 2014

Storm leaves 300,000 without power in U.S. on Thanksgiving

A winter storm that wreaked travel chaos across the U.S. Northeast and eastern Canada left hundreds of thousands of people without power on Thanksgiving. About 300,000 people suffered power outages in the wake of the storm, which wound down on Thursday, Accuweather.com reported. Hard-hit ...

Hokkaido Electric to execute second price hike in November

Oct 10, 2014

Hokkaido Electric to execute second price hike in November

Hokkaido Electric Power Co. will raise electricity prices for households on Nov. 1, the industry ministry said Friday, as rising fossil fuel costs weigh on the utility’s earnings following the loss of nuclear power. Prices will be 12.43 percent higher during the five months ...

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 ...