Tag - utilities



Japan Times
Aug 22, 2014
40% of firms back restarting Sendai reactors in Kyushu: survey
About 40 percent of major companies in Kyushu and Okinawa want Kyushu Electric Power Co. to restart the nearby Sendai nuclear plant, a survey showed Friday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 6, 2014
Administration eyes system for utilities to pay power-saving firms
The Abe administration is studying a plan to require that power companies make "cooperation" payments to firms that cut their electricity use when demand peaks, sources said Wednesday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 31, 2014
Hokkaido Electric applies for additional 17% rate hike
Hokkaido Electric Power Co. on Thursday became the first utility to seek its second rate hike since March 2011, applying for permission to charge households around 17 percent more starting this fall.
Japan Times
Jul 27, 2014
Kagoshima residents near Sendai nuclear plant given iodine tablets
Local authorities hand out thyroid-protecting pills to more than half those living within 5 km of nuclear plant after it passes key safety hurdles for a restart in the fall.
Japan Times
Jul 22, 2014
Kagoshima nuclear plant evacuation plans 'flawed'
With the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture poised to be restarted as early as this fall, experts and critics are pointing to flaws in the evacuation plan drawn up by prefectural authorities, stirring doubt among nearby residents.
Jul 18, 2014
More needed than NRA safety nod
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has effectively given the green light for restarting an idled Kyushu Electric nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture under safety standards updated a year ago. After a period of public comment and local government approvals, two reactors of the plant, in the city of Satsumasendai, could restart by yearend.
Jul 17, 2014
Responsibility for reactor restarts a hot potato
Regulators, politicians and bureaucrats bob and weave as the public asks one question: Who will take responsibility for the decision to authorize reactor restarts?
Japan Times
Jul 16, 2014
Disaster plans outstanding issue in Sendai plant restart, critics say
Anti-nuclear groups warn that the Sendai plant's reactors are far from ready to go online, despite Kyushu Electric Power Co. clearing a major hurdle toward their restart.
Jul 15, 2014
Sendai nuclear plant to clear safety hurdle
The Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture is to clear an initial safety hurdle Wednesday, a key step in what is likely to be the gradual restart of an industry idled by the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Jul 10, 2014
Approaching reactor restarts encourage utilities to sell bonds
The Nuclear Regulation Authority is moving toward the first reactor restart under its new safety requirements since the Fukushima disaster started, giving impetus to bond sales by utilities as borrowing costs plunge.
Jul 7, 2014
Japanese nuclear regulators to delay interim report on restart of Kyushu plant
The Nuclear Regulation Authority will delay unveiling an interim report on restarting two reactors at a plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, sources say.
Japan Times
Jul 2, 2014
Evacuation plans stir fresh doubts over Japan nuclear restarts
Keen to restart nuclear power plants three years after the Fukushima disaster, authorities may face an additional hurdle in securing approval — coming up with a cogent evacuation plan in the event of new accidents.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 26, 2014
Regional utilities rebuff anti-nuclear shareholders with reactor restart plans
The regional power utilities told their shareholders at annual meetings Thursday they will try to reactivate their idled nuclear reactors to improve business and rejected all proposals calling for a nuclear phaseout.
Jun 24, 2014
Kyushu Electric submits reactor safety papers
Kyushu Electric Power Co. submitted on Tuesday additional documents required for safety reviews of two reactors that are considered the closest to being allowed to restart among the country's 48 offline commercial reactors, a nuclear regulatory official said.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 11, 2014
Households free to choose power supplier
The Diet on Wednesday enacted legislation to end the grip regional monopolies have held for 60 years on the household electricity market by opening it up to greater competition.
Japan Times
Jun 4, 2014
Atop Pacific 'Ring of Fire,' debate flares over volcanic risk to Japan's nuclear plants
In the three years since the Fukushima disaster, Japan's utilities have pledged $15 billion to harden their nuclear plants against earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and terrorist attacks.
Jun 1, 2014
China, India may hinder U.S. steps on warming
U.S. President Barack Obama is set to take his boldest step to halt the rise of the oceans and stop the warming of the planet. But it won't be enough unless the rest of the world follows.
May 30, 2014
Sendai nuclear plant evacuation plan may take 29 hours, Kagoshima says
The Kagoshima Prefectural Government estimates it will take about 29 hours for most people living within 30 km of the Sendai nuclear power plant to flee by vehicle in case of a serious nuclear accident.
May 23, 2014
Reflect on Fukui nuclear ruling
The Fukui District Court's ruling that prohibits the restart of two nuclear power reactors run by Kansai Electric Power Co. challenges the Abe administration's energy policy of relying on nuclear power as a key source of the nation's electricity supply.
BUSINESS / Economy
May 16, 2014
No electricity-saving targets this summer
The government said Friday it won't set numerical power-saving targets this summer even though concerns about shortages linger, especially among suppliers in the west and southwest.


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