Tag - utilities



Aug 26, 2016
Electricity to be restored on Sakhalin Island after three-day outage
Residents on the Russian island of Sakhalin face restored electricity supplies on Saturday, three days after an outage plunged most of the island into darkness.
Japan Times
Aug 19, 2016
Kagoshima governor inspects evacuation routes around Sendai nuclear plant
Kagoshima's recently elected anti-nuclear governor said Friday the prefectural government will review evacuation plans for residents near the Sendai power plant in Satsumasendai.
Japan Times
Jul 28, 2016
New Kagoshima governor to seek suspension of Sendai reactors
Newly elected Kagoshima Gov. Satoshi Mitazono said Thursday he will seek a temporary halt on active nuclear reactors in the prefecture, currently the only ones working nationwide.
Jul 27, 2016
The fraud called electricity retail liberalization
Consumers may think they're getting a good deal by switching electricity suppliers following the liberalization of the industry. They're not.
Japan Times
Jul 14, 2016
Kagoshima's new governor vows to halt Sendai nuclear plant for safety checks
Incoming Kagoshima Gov. Satoshi Mitazono says he plans to ask Kyushu Electric Power Co. to suspend operation of the Sendai nuclear power plant for safety checks.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 28, 2016
Shareholders urge Japan's utilities to end nuclear power generation
Shareholders urged nine power companies Tuesday to end nuclear power generation, reflecting safety concerns lingering since the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
May 31, 2016
Germany readying law on nuclear waste storage costs
The German Cabinet plans to approve a draft law on Aug. 3 that will require its utilities to pay billions of euros into a state fund to help cover the cost of nuclear storage, according to an Economy Ministry timetable seen by Reuters on Monday.
Apr 6, 2016
High court upholds ruling endorsing restarts of Sendai reactors
The Fukuoka High Court's Miyazaki branch rejects an appeal by local residents against a ruling allowing the restart of two reactors.
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 5, 2016
Western Japan utilities plan nuclear safety tie-up to curb costs
In the first broad tie-up by major utilities in the region, four nuclear power plant operators in western Japan will join forces to strengthen safety measures and reduce costs.
Japan Times
Mar 23, 2016
Rooftop solar booms in Japan as market moves beyond utilities
Japan's home rooftops are emerging as the next hot spot in what for years has been one of the biggest solar markets in the world, marking a move beyond the utility-scale projects in rich industrial nations that have fueled most of the industry's growth.
Japan Times
Mar 12, 2016
Knowledge is power: Navigating the household electricity market after deregulation
The country's household and small business electricity market will be deregulated from April 1, allowing individuals to choose their electricity provider. Optimists, especially renewable energy advocates and small entrepreneurs, hope the development will break the stranglehold that the country's 10 regional...
Mar 9, 2016
Troubles at Takahama nuclear plant
Have nuclear plant operators taken the lessons of Fukushima to heart? Recent evidence suggests the answer is no.
Mar 4, 2016
Volcanologists on NRA panel accepted donations from utility-linked firms
Two volcanologists tasked with advising on whether nuclear reactors should be halted due to nearby volcanic activity have received ¥8.1 million ($71,000) in donations from utility-linked companies, documents have shown.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 8, 2016
Tepco looks overseas as shake-up, competition loom at home
Tokyo Electric Power Co. is seeking to expand operations abroad to diversify amid a power market shake-up at home.
Jan 29, 2016
Japan power use drops to 17-year-low amid slower economic growth
Power usage in Japan dropped last year to the lowest level since 1998 as households and businesses conserved electricity amid a stagnant economy and shrinking population.
Jan 24, 2016
Reviewing the feed-in tariff system
The government will have to play a delicate game when it revises the feed-in tariff system for promoting renewable energy.
Japan Times
Jan 24, 2016
California gas leak spotlights shoddy regulation of nation's aging underground infrastructure
Long before a natural gas storage well sprung a disastrous leak near Los Angeles, utilities and national industry groups were raising alarms about the danger of aging underground storage infrastructure.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 7, 2016
Tepco unveils loyalty tie-ups in bid to retain household customers
With the retail electricity market set to be deregulated in April, Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Thursday unveiled a range of new price plans that offer discounts to customers who sign up with specific partners.
Dec 20, 2015
Nuclear disaster drill held near Japan's only rebooted plant
Following its reactivation earlier this year, a nuclear disaster drill was held around the country's sole working nuclear power plant on Sunday.
Oct 31, 2015
Review of feed-in tariff system
Besides boosting the use of renewable energy, the government's review of the feed-in tariff system should also correct the overreliance on solar power among the various forms of alternative sources.


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