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 ...

National Oct 29, 2013

Chubu Electric seventh utility to seek household rate hike

Chubu Electric Power Co. made it official Tuesday and applied for approval to raise household electricity fees, the seventh utility to seek higher rates amid the nuclear shutdown caused by the Fukushima disaster. In its request filed with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, ...

Brazil dams Amazon to feed energy-hungry economy

World Feb 11, 2013

Brazil dams Amazon to feed energy-hungry economy

When it is completed in 2015, the Jirau hydroelectric dam will span the Madeira River, feature more giant turbines than any other dam in the world and hold as much concrete as 47 towers the size of New York's Empire State Building. And then there ...

Mafia on Sicily sees gold in going green

Environment Jan 25, 2013

Mafia on Sicily sees gold in going green

Inside a midnight-blue BMW, a Sicilian entrepreneur delivered his pitch to the accused Mafia boss. A new business was blowing into Italy that could spin wind and sunlight into gold, ensuring the future of the Earth as well as the Cosa Nostra: renewable energy. The ...