Business Feb 28, 2014

Retail electricity market bills passed

The government approved bills Friday that will set the stage for Japan to move ahead with liberalization of the retail electricity market, something that has largely been dominated by regional monopolies over the past 60 years. The liberalization of the market for households and other ...

Business Nov 1, 2013

Hokkaido asked to use 6% less electricity this winter

The government said Friday it wants households and companies in Hokkaido to cut electricity usage by more than 6 percent from the fiscal 2010 level to ride out another winter without nuclear power. It is the first time since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis started ...

Business / Corporate Oct 28, 2013

Tepco to hasten smart meter debut

Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to introduce next-generation smart meters that can transmit electricity consumption data for all households in its service area by the end of March 2021, three years ahead of schedule, Tepco officials said Monday. Smart meters record data on power usage ...

Business Jun 20, 2013

When the sun doesn't shine, who should pay?

It's a sight that would bring joy to anyone who has ever paid an electric bill: that little wheel on the meter outside your home literally spinning backward, signaling a reduction in your payment and the distribution of excess electricity to your neighbors. Yes, that ...

California utility to close San Onofre reactors

World Jun 9, 2013

California utility to close San Onofre reactors

In a new setback for the U.S. nuclear power industry, Edison International said Friday it will permanently close the two reactors of its San Onofre plant in California, ending a contentious battle over whether they can be repaired and operated safely after cracks were ...