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  • US Embassy in Tokyo turns to PV

    The US Embassy in Tokyo will deploy rooftop PV in a bid to help its host nation’s shift to renewable energy – and tap into its generous feed-in tariff (FIT). The embassy will use installer ABC Solar and modules from Suniva – both American-headquartered suppliers …

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  • Japan Eyes World’s Largest Battery To Store Renewable Energy

    TOKYO (Kyodo)–The government said Wednesday it plans to install the world’s largest battery to store renewable energy at an electrical substation in Hokkaido, where solar power generation facilities are rapidly increasing. It is the first case in the world in which a large-scale storage battery …

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  • KEPCO To Finish Upgrading Safety Of 2 Online Reactors By June

    TOKYO (Kyodo)–Kansai Electric Power Co. said in a report submitted to regulators Thursday it will finish necessary preparations by the end of June to make its two reactors meet new safety requirements coming into force the following month. If the Nuclear Regulation Authority acknowledges that …

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  • FY 2012 Electricity Sales In Japan Slip For 2nd Straight Year

      TOKYO (Kyodo)–Electricity sales by Japan’s 10 regional utilities in fiscal 2012 sagged 1.0 percent from the previous year to 851.6 billion kilowatt-hours for the second straight yearly fall amid anemic manufacturing activity and greater power-saving efforts, an industry body said Friday.   Manufacturing activity …

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  • Nissan Wins License to Trade in Japan Electricity Market

    Nissan Motor Co., Japan’s second-largest automaker, received a license to buy and sell electricity in the nation’s wholesale power market. NEF “FIRST TAKE”: Japanese manufacturers are trying to hedge against electricity rate hikes by the vertically integrated utilities by securing “Power Purchaser and Supplier” (PPS) …

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  • Tepco Shifting To Segment-Oriented Business Strategies

    TOKYO (Nikkei)–Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) is moving away from a top-down approach to business strategy, with an eye toward crafting plans tailored to each of its core operations. In an organizational overhaul as of Monday, the power provider is establishing internal companies to handle …

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  • Cabinet Adopts Power Industry Reform Policy

    TOKYO (Nikkei)–The government on Tuesday adopted a policy outline calling for big changes in the power industry, including separating electricity generation and transmission sometime between 2018 and 2020. The reform, which also calls for completely liberalizing electricity tariffs, was approved at a regular cabinet meeting …

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  • EDITORIAL: Throw Switch On Power Industry Reform

    TOKYO (Nikkei)–The government is set to overhaul the electricity industry, with the cabinet on Tuesday endorsing a reform outline that calls for fully liberalizing the retail electricity business by around 2016 and separating utilities’ power generation and transmission operations sometime between 2018 and 2020. The …

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