Jan 16, 2015

Uphold safety in gas liberalization

While market liberalization of retail gas sales should be pursued in order to lower fees for consumers, the arguments by major gas suppliers for a safe and stable supply of city gas make sense.

Jan 14, 2015

Reactor decommissioning costs to be passed to all power users

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry decided Wednesday that the cost to nuclear plant operators of decommissioning reactors should be passed on to all electricity users in principle even after the electricity market is fully opened to newcomers in 2016. The controversial scheme ...

Jan 14, 2015

¥131 billion earmarked in upcoming budget for renewable energy

The Abe administration decided Wednesday to boost efforts next year to promote renewable energy following the Fukushima nuclear crisis, after the feed-in tariff system, which guarantees above-market rates for selling energy produced from clean sources, ran into trouble only two years after its introduction. ...

Obama, Congress fight on pipeline

Jan 10, 2015

Obama, Congress fight on pipeline

A battle over an oil pipeline has become the opening salvo in a power struggle between newly empowered Republicans and President Barack Obama that could consume his final two years in office and shape his legacy. The outcome of the dispute over the Keystone ...

Jan 8, 2015

Mineral may lead to better, cheaper solar cells

Materials that may be cheaper and more efficient than silicon at converting the sun’s rays into electricity could be key to the next generation of solar power, scientists say. Though years away from being used to commercially produce solar cells, perovskites, named for a ...

Kansai Electric applies for household rate hike

Dec 24, 2014

Kansai Electric applies for household rate hike

Kansai Electric Power Co., blaming higher fossil fuel costs, applied to the government Wednesday for permission to raise its rates for households by 10.23 percent on average starting in April. The utility, which relied heavily on nuclear power before the 2011 Fukushima crisis, last ...