Japan’s electricity industry suffers huge losses from nuclear to fossil switch

What is the financial impact of Japan’s switch from nuclear to fossil on Japan’s electricity industry? Japan’s electricity operators switched from profits to huge losses What is the financial impact of Japan’s switch from nuclear to fossil on Japan’s electricity industry? Answer: Japan’s electricity operators switched from about US$ 10 billion/year combined net profits to […]

Japan’s energy foxtrot: Two steps forward one step back

Two steps forward one step back: describes a frog struggling to climb out of a well, slipping back one step on the ladder for each two steps upwards out of the well Before the Fukushima disaster, Japan’s energy policy, strategy and execution were essentially decided behind closed doors by a small group of (about 100) […]

Japan’s new energy strategy: much more than nuclear exit

Japan’s Cabinet released Japan’s new “Innovative Energy and Environmental Strategy” Japan’s new energy strategy Last Friday, September 14, 2012, Japan’s Cabinet released Japan’s new “Innovative Energy and Environmental Strategy”, which the Cabinet is required to produce by law, and which actually contains much more than the plan to work towards a future nuclear power free […]

Joe Oliver: Briefing the Minister for Energy and Natural Resources of Canada

Joe Oliver, Minister for Energy and Natural Resources of Canada Was asked today to be one of a group of about 5 Japanese experts to brief the Minister for Energy and Natural Resources of Canada, Mr Joe Oliver. We were asked to keep the conversation off-the-record, so I can’t write about the meeting. Minister Oliver […]

Japan’s PM Noda hints at new energy policy: Phasing out nuclear power by the 2030s

Develop as soon as possible a society which does not rely on nuclear power Eliminate nuclear power according to three principles By law Japan’s government must prepare a national energy strategy plan. The currently valid plan provides for an increase of nuclear power from 30% to 50% and is vehemently opposed by public opinion following […]

Japan energy dilemma

Japanese law requires the government to have an energy strategy plan in place Keep nuclear power off – or restart nuclear? Japan’s current energy strategy plan provides for nuclear power to provide 30% of the electricity, rising to 50% in a few years by building additional nuclear power stations. However, contrary to the current strategy […]

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