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UTILITIES

Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 17, 2021
Carbon-heavy Japanese utilities sell their first green bonds
Japan's greenhouse gas emissions totaled about 1.1 billion tons in fiscal 2019, and the power sector accounted for around 36% of that.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 23, 2021
Fukui nuclear unit halted after missing deadline for antiterrorism steps
Kansai Electric Power Co. now aims to make the necessary changes to the Mihama No. 3 unit around September next year and restart operations in mid-October.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 12, 2021
Power prices in Japan hit nine-month highs amid global energy crunch
For Japan, which imports all but a tiny amount of its energy needs, higher oil, gas and coal prices are bringing back inflation, with wholesale prices at 13-year highs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 25, 2021
Japan doesn’t have enough electric cars for its EV chargers
With EV penetration only at around 1%, the country has hundreds of aging charging poles that aren't being used, while others are being taken out of service altogether.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 24, 2021
Japan braces for surge in electricity use during scorching summer and Olympics
With many people expected to tune into the games from their air-conditioned homes, utilities are forecasting tighter reserve power ratios than usual.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 22, 2021
With massive dams, China finds a weapon in water
Giant dams damage ecosystems, drive freshwater species to extinction, cause deltas to retreat and often emit more greenhouse gases than fossil-fuel power plants.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 18, 2021
Global power grids pushed to breaking point by summer heat and rising demand
Mix extreme heat and longer droughts, surging power demand, rising fossil fuel prices and a bumpy transition into renewables, and the result is a severe global power crunch.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 8, 2021
Renewable energy boom unleashes a war over talent for green jobs
Difficulty securing a well-trained workforce could end up being a bottleneck in an industry that is key to slashing emissions.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 28, 2021
Tepco appoints ex-business lobby chief Kobayashi as new chairman
Yoshimitsu Kobayashi headed the Japan Association of Corporate Executives for four years through 2019 and now serves as chairman of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 22, 2021
Tepco may appoint ex-business lobby chief Kobayashi as chairman
Kobayashi is currently chairman of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp. and on the management committee of the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommission Facilitation Corp.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Apr 15, 2021
Tepco lapse a wake-up call for Japan's nuclear security protocols, expert says
The incident in Niigata is “of particular concern” because the potential security breaches lasted for months, a top expert in the field said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 10, 2021
Tokyo Gas to install 19 offshore wind turbines in carbon-free push
The wind turbines will be located in waters near the coast of Ibaraki Prefecture and generate a maximum of 159.6 megawatts, enough renewable energy to supply 70,000 households annually.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Remembering 3/11
Mar 7, 2021
Ten years after Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan finding path to renewable energy future
Almost immediately after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the shift toward renewable energy sources began to accelerate.
Japan Times
WORLD
Mar 4, 2021
Why global power grids are still vulnerable to cyberattacks
More than five years after massive cyberattacks left a quarter of a million Ukrainians without electricity, the world’s power grids have become even more vulnerable to hackers.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Feb 21, 2021
The two hours that nearly destroyed the electric grid in Texas
The debacle highlights just how vulnerable even the most sophisticated energy systems are to the vagaries of climate change, and how close it all came to crashing down.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 20, 2021
Government and Tepco ordered to pay ¥278 million over Fukushima crisis
The ruling overturns a lower court decision that had dismissed the state's responsibility for the 2011 nuclear crisis.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 19, 2021
Texas winter freeze shows U.S. isn't ready for climate change, White House says
Washington rejected claims by Texas officials that power outages had been caused by 'green energy,' while angry residents point to the state's failure to winterize infrastructure.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 18, 2021
In Texas black-swan blackout, everything went wrong at once
The greatest forced blackout in U.S. history, as this event has almost certainly become, was the result of a systemic and multifaceted failure.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 16, 2021
Japan's stressed power grid faces new test with Arctic blast on way
While Japan is unlikely to see millions plunged into blackouts as in the U.S. currently, the country narrowly avoided power cuts only last month in another wintry spell.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 1, 2021
Mayor gives Japan's first approval for restart of reactors over 40 years old
Takahama Mayor Yutaka Nose reached his decision after receiving assurances from the government that it would boost revitalization projects and the town's funding.

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