Fuel shortage looms as Japan fires up biomass energy

Sep 27, 2017

Fuel shortage looms as Japan fires up biomass energy

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As the sun sets on Japan's solar energy boom, companies and investors are rushing into wood-burning biomass projects to lock in still-high government subsidies. More than 800 projects have already won government approval, offering 12.4 gigawatts of capacity — equal to 12 nuclear reactors and ...

Nuclear experts head to China to test experimental reactors

Sep 22, 2017

Nuclear experts head to China to test experimental reactors

With scientists from Western nations finding it difficult to raise enough money to build experimental plants at home, China is becoming the testing ground for a new breed of nuclear power stations designed to be safer and cheaper. China National Nuclear Power Co. this month ...

Hokkaido leads nation in alternative power generation

Aug 28, 2017

Hokkaido leads nation in alternative power generation

Hokkaido is the leader among the nation's 47 prefectures in power generation using alternative sources such as solar energy, according to data compiled by the Natural Resources and Energy Agency. In fiscal 2016, a total of 28.42 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity was produced nationwide from ...

U.S. lays groundwork for saving coal plants with grid report

Aug 25, 2017

U.S. lays groundwork for saving coal plants with grid report

The Energy Department, in a long-anticipated report on the security of the U.S. electric grid, makes the case for rescuing America's coal industry from widespread plant shutdowns but stops short of the assault on renewable power that environmentalists had feared. The study, commissioned by Energy ...