Tag - utilities



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.
May 14, 2014
NRA blames plant operators for prolonged reactor safety checks
The head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday that nuclear power plant operators, rather than regulators, are the ones to blame for the prolonged safety review of reactors that started last July.
Japan Times
May 2, 2014
NRA raps Sendai plant for lack of safety info
Nuclear regulators said Friday that Kyushu Electric Power Co. has not provided enough information in a document outlining safety measures for two reactors the utility wants to restart.
Japan Times
Apr 14, 2014
In test of post-Fukushima policy, town rallies for restart of reactors
For residents of Satsumasendai, their old nuclear plant jobs take priority over a quake they never felt and an atomic disaster they never had to deal with.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 26, 2014
Utilities eye more non-nuclear power output
Tokyo Electric Power Co. and three other utilities are contemplating boosting non-nuclear thermal power generation by either building new facilities or expanding existing plants.
Japan Times
Mar 13, 2014
Sendai reactors at front of safety review line
Nuclear regulators decided Thursday to prioritize safety reviews for two reactors at the Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, which could mean they are the closest in the nation to restarting.
Feb 14, 2014
Chubu Electric applies to restart risk-laden Hamaoka nuclear plant
Chubu Electric Power Co. applies for a safety assessment for one of the three reactors at its Hamaoka nuclear plant in Shizuoka Prefecture despite the tsunami risk that forced its shutdown in 2011 at the request of Prime Minister Naoto Kan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 3, 2014
Power companies offsetting reactor closures by hiking electricity rates
Power utilities, including Tokyo Electric Power Co., leaned on customer rate hikes to boost their financial performances in the first nine months of the business year as idled nuclear plants kept fuel costs high.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 31, 2014
Utilities lobbying LDP to support new nuclear plants
The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan is lobbying politicians in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to support the construction of new nuclear power plants, sources said Friday.
Nov 17, 2013
Cracks in Tepco's 3/11 narrative
Tepco will never accept the theory that the earthquake, not the tsunami, caused the Fukushima nuclear disaster because it would make it difficult to restart its other nuclear power plants.
Japan Times
Oct 11, 2013
Nuclear disaster drill aims for more realism
The government on Friday kicked off a two-day nuclear evacuation drill — its first since the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 power plant disaster — with the aim of making the exercise more realistic than its usual scripted rehearsals.
Japan Times
Sep 29, 2013
Power-saving targets likely to be dropped this winter
This winter is likely to be Japan's first without numerical power-saving targets since 2011 despite the loss of all atomic power, sources say.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 19, 2013
90% of utilities fail to meet carbon dioxide reduction targets
Nine of the nation's 10 utilities failed to meet their self-imposed five-year targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 20 percent, an industry body said Monday.
Aug 16, 2013
Chubu Electric affiliate to power some TMG facilities instead of Tepco
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Friday that a Chubu Electric Power Co.-affiliated firm will supply power to 48 of its facilities instead of Tokyo Electric Power Co.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 7, 2013
Chubu Electric to acquire 80% of power retailer
Chubu Electric Power Co. signs a contract to acquire an 80 percent interest in Diamond Power Corp., a small electricity supplier affiliated with Mitsubishi Corp., on Oct. 1.
Aug 6, 2013
Hokkaido, Tohoku, Shikoku utility rate hikes OK'd
Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Tuesday approved electricity rate hikes for households requested by three utilities facing growing fuel costs amid the halt of their nuclear reactors.
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 2, 2013
Slow reactor restart process rattles energy markets as uranium piles up
Uranium prices are showing little sign of recovery after sinking to their lowest levels in more than seven years amid a glut of the radioactive metal and speculation Japan will delay restarting its reactors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 1, 2013
Utilities ordered to trim planned rate increases
The government on Thursday ordered three electric companies to trim planned household rate hikes by more than 2 percentage points after finding they had more room to reduce the costs they want to pass onto consumers.
May 12, 2013
NRA asks Kepco to recheck Oi safety
The Nuclear Regulation Authority has asked Kansai Electric Power Co. to re-examine the seismic resistance of its Oi plant in Fukui Prefecture on the assumption that three active faults around it might move in tandem during a quake.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 16, 2013
Oi reactors can remain online, court says
In a key decision likely to affect efforts to restart the nation's nuclear power plants, the Osaka District Court ruled Tuesday that two reactors in Oi, Fukui Prefecture, are operating under rational safety standards and that it is not clear there is a concrete danger posed by their location near active faults.


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