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UTILITIES

Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 12, 2022
Japan may ask people to cut back on natural gas next
The discussion comes after recent moves by Russia to transfer the rights to the Sakhalin-2 natural gas project to a new company, which could threaten foreign owners including Japanese firms.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 3, 2022
Tokyo marks record ninth straight 'extremely hot day' as heat wave continues
The Meteorological Agency said the streak for days above 35 degrees Celsius bested the previous record set in 2015.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 1, 2022
Japan enters energy-saving period for first time in seven years amid heat wave
Unusually hot weather in June has kept power demand extremely high, with supply expected to remain tight throughout the summer.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Explainer
Jun 7, 2022
Five ways to save energy this summer as Japan's bills tick upward
Electricity prices are set to hit the highest level in five years this month on the back of energy market chaos set off by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 11, 2022
Investors push Japan’s J-Power to accelerate climate action
Shareholder proposals call on the electricity producer to set new short- and medium-term emissions reduction targets and to disclose details on how to meet those goals.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
May 9, 2022
Municipal governments lose energy supplies as new providers exit industry
The companies entered the electricity retail market after it was liberalized in 2000, but are finding themselves unable to withstand the recent sharp rise in fuel prices.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 28, 2022
Can Japan keep the lights on? The Ukraine war upends a big energy bet.
Liquefied natural gas was seen as a crucial transitional fuel in Japan's gradual shift to renewable energy. But then came the pandemic and the Ukraine war, which caused prices to soar.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 17, 2022
Tons of Japanese nuclear waste may be destined for overseas disposal
The sheer scale of would-be hazardous waste in Japan underscores an ongoing move within the government to re-examine a rule banning the exports of radioactive waste.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 12, 2022
Japan at risk of another power crunch next winter
The power reserve ratio, which measures available spare capacity, could turn negative for the Tokyo area in January and February should it be a severely cold winter, an analysis has shown.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 30, 2022
Japan’s energy buyers warn that the weak yen threatens their business
The depreciation of the yen will amplify soaring energy and commodity prices that are hurting both companies and consumers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 30, 2022
Japanese power retailers exiting business as energy crunch worsens
In the last month, at least four companies halted power retail operations, as a surge in wholesale electricity prices makes it challenging to procure stable supply and turn a profit.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 23, 2022
Tokyo power squeeze easing, government says, after residents and businesses cut back
An electricity shortage warning for Tokyo was lifted Wednesday, with solar supplies expected to be more abundant and cold weather subsiding, according to the trade ministry.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 22, 2022
Japan’s power crisis was a decade in making and won’t go away
The world's third-largest economy has been running on a thinner supply of electricity since the triple meltdown at Fukushima in March 2011 shut its massive fleet of nuclear reactors.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 22, 2022
Japanese turn down heat and lights to avoid power cut after quake
The industry ministry said Tuesday evening that the country was likely to avoid blackouts after neon signs were turned off, lights dimmed and thermostats dialed down.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Mar 14, 2022
Billionaires tip more cash into Australia’s solar export vision
Atlassian Corp. co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and iron ore magnate Andrew Forrest have committed more cash to a $30 billion Australian dollars ($21.9 billion) project to export solar power from Australia’s Northern Territory to Singapore via an undersea cable.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 2, 2022
Japanese utilities reel — some more than others — as sky-high fuel prices hit earnings
Regional utilities in Kyushu and Kansai fared better than most thanks to their ability to restart nuclear power plants.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 1, 2022
Investor clash on gas and nuclear muddies EU green finance drive
In a market already divided, the attempt to reach a common definition for sustainable investments risk could fragment things further.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jan 30, 2022
The $75 billion plan to make India a hydrogen hub
Green hydrogen — made from water and clean electricity — is seen by many as the breakthrough needed for the world to meet its emissions reduction goals.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 28, 2022
Sky-high natural gas prices have Japan scrambling for coal
Snowy winter weather has boosted Japan's power demand and curbed output from renewable sources, triggering a jump in coal-fired power generation.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 4, 2022
Chubu Electric to invest ¥400 billion overseas for emissions cut
Of the total amount, the company is ready to spend about u00a5250 billion on acquisitions of and investments in renewable energy businesses abroad.

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