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UTILITIES

Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 22, 2018
Preventive glitch led to Hokkaido blackout: paper
Hokkaido's prefecture-wide blackout on Sept. 6 was caused by a failed emergency step that was designed to prevent exactly what it caused after the level 7 earthquake, a document has revealed.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 3, 2018
Japanese utilities ended funding for nuclear fuel reprocessing in 2016, putting MOX program in doubt
The 10 nuclear power plant operators halted the allocation of reserve funds for reprocessing costs, according to financial reports, due to the expense of building the reprocessing facilities.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 22, 2018
Japanese firms in talks over alliance on nuclear power, sources say
Two major utilities and a pair of power plant manufacturers are considering cooperation as the industry grapples with rising costs related to decommissioning and safety.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 30, 2018
Japan's utilities crank up oil-fired power in face of heat wave
To cool down, electricity suppliers are firing up fossil fuels.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 23, 2018
Regional gas and electric heavyweights Kepco and Osaka Gas slug it out in Kansai region battleground
Retail power and gas heavyweights Kansai Electric Power, or Kepco, and Osaka Gas are locked in a struggle for dominance in the Kansai region — which includes Osaka, the nation's second-biggest city, and boasts an economy nearly the size of South Korea's.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 18, 2018
A month after magnitude 6.1 Osaka quake, progress slow on fixing walls and water pipes
The elimination of substandard concrete walls drags on despite offers of subsidies for their removal and the construction of alternative fencing, while costs increase challenge of pipe replacement.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 5, 2018
Silicon Valley may be powered using giant lithium-ion batteries under new projects to switch away from fossil fuels
California utility PG&E Corp. has proposed using giant lithium-ion batteries, including packs supplied by Tesla Inc., to supply power to Silicon Valley instead of burning natural gas.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health / FOCUS
Jun 24, 2018
India speeds up environmental approval process for major industrial projects
India is fast-tracking environmental clearances for projects like power plants and coal mines in a bid to boost growth, setting off alarm bells among environmentalists and affected residents who say the decisions are being made too quickly.
EDITORIALS
May 27, 2018
Clear message needed to boost renewable energy
The government's Basic Energy Plan falls far short in getting the nation to rely more on renewable sources.
EDITORIALS
May 17, 2018
End big power firms' stranglehold on electrical grid
The big power companies' stranglehold on the transmission network is suppressing the development of renewable energy.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 12, 2018
Utilities can help save Japan's elderly
By monitoring utility use, companies can play a role in reversing the tragic trend of 'lonely deaths.'
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 14, 2018
Kepco brings No. 3 reactor at Fukui plant back online
Kansai Electric Power Co. on Wednesday restarted a reactor at its Oi plant on the Sea of Japan coast, located close to two other units already online, amid lingering safety concerns following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Mar 5, 2018
Chubu Electric tests mobile payment app as prelude to blockchain-based energy marketplace
Chubu Electric Power Co. has developed a mobile payment app for virtual currencies, and has started testing it in-house with employees using it to purchase coffee.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 16, 2018
The push for solar power lights up options for India's rural women
In her village of Komalia, the fog swirls so thick at 7 a.m. that Akansha Singh can see no more than 15 meters ahead. But the 20-year-old is already cycling to her workplace, 9 kilometers away.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 16, 2018
Tea, haircuts and fish bones: Letting the light into Pakistan
Reclining comfortably on a bed outside his mud home, 75-year-old farmer Mohammad Khoso watches life go by. His family is now the center of everyone's envy in the southern Pakistani village of Murid Khoso — they have electricity.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 17, 2018
Blockchain and drones could play a role in Tepco's fight for survival
Shattered by the enormity of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and bleeding customers to nimbler rivals, Tokyo's lumbering, 66-year-old electric-power behemoth has a new strategy for long-term survival: reinventing itself as a cutting-edge innovator.
WORLD
Oct 22, 2017
U.S. says cyberattacks have targeted nuclear, energy, aviation, water and critical manufacturing industries
The U.S. government issued a rare public warning that sophisticated hackers are targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest sign that cyberattacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 12, 2017
From thin air to stone: Greenhouse gas test starts in Iceland
A Swiss company will start to extract carbon dioxide from thin air in Iceland on Thursday, seeking to transform the gas into rock far below ground in a first test of a costly technology meant to slow climate change.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 22, 2017
Nuclear experts head to China to test experimental reactors
With scientists from Western nations finding it difficult to raise enough money to build experimental plants at home, China is becoming the testing ground for a new breed of nuclear power stations designed to be safer and cheaper.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 15, 2017
Utilities put on notice: Municipalities looking to sell energy to residents
The latest threat to the nation's biggest utilities is growing in rural communities like Miyama, a town in Kyushu with a population of about 38,000. It may spread to the big cities next.

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