Sep 27, 2015

Misplaced emphasis on coal

The government and the power industry should rethink their emphasis on coal as a cheap alternative to nuclear energy in view of the impact on the nation's efforts against climate change.

Aug 12, 2015

Power plant operators to invest ¥3 trillion on safety measures

Eleven nuclear power plant operators plan to invest a total of ¥3 trillion on a variety of safety measures, informed sources said Tuesday. The safety measures include installing breakwaters and ensuring emergency power sources are available. In addition, the companies are required to implement ...

Jul 29, 2015

Tepco's quarterly profit triples as fuel prices plunge

Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, said its first-quarter operating profit tripled as a drop in fuel prices helped cut costs. Tepco, as Japan’s biggest utility is known, posted an operating profit of ¥228.3 billion ($1.85 billion) ...

Kansai Electric eyes joint procurement with four other utilities

Jul 27, 2015

Kansai Electric eyes joint procurement with four other utilities

Kansai Electric Power Co. and four other regional utilities are planning to jointly purchase equipment as part of cost-cutting efforts, industry sources said Monday. The tie-up between Kansai Electric, Chugoku Electric Power Co., Kyushu Electric Power Co., Shikoku Electric Power Co. and Hokuriku Electric ...

Jul 5, 2015

Electricity and gas liberalization

Liberalization of the electricity and gas industries could be a boon, but the government needs to keep a close watch to make sure consumers don't get burned.

Jun 1, 2015

Kansai Electric hits households with second price hike

Kansai Electric Power Co. on Monday raised prices on households again, saying higher costs for imported fossil fuels had worsened business conditions in the absence of nuclear power. The price hike is the second by the major utility since the triple meltdown at the ...