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 ...

May 25, 2015

Tepco wins Qatar utility contract estimated at ¥300 billion

Tokyo Electric Power Co. has jointly won a large power and water infrastructure contract in the desert state of Qatar, it said Monday. Tepco and trading house Mitsubishi Corp. have been selected by a firm backed by the Qatari government to build and operate ...

May 21, 2015

Bill to reform gas, electricity markets passes Lower House

The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday to require utilities to segregate their power generation and transmission operations by April 2020. The bill, which won support mainly from the ruling coalition, was sent to the House of Councilors, the upper chamber. The measure ...

May 20, 2015

Regional power rate disparities said widening

Japan has seen regional disparities in electricity rates widening, largely depending on how much power firms relied on nuclear energy before the nuclear disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 power plant started in March 2011. The disparities are drawing attention ahead ...

Apr 13, 2015

2014 nuclear power output at zero

Nuclear power output stood at zero throughout fiscal 2014 for the first time since the country began commercial operation of its first nuclear plant in fiscal 1966, the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan said Monday. All of the nation’s commercial reactors were ...

Apr 7, 2015

LDP proposes future energy policy heavy on nuclear power

Ruling party lawmakers proposed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that Japan generate around 60 percent of its electricity from stable sources, a figure that meets international standards but also suggests continued reliance on nuclear power. The share of “base-load” power sources, which ...