Reduce your energy costs in Japan and Japan’s energy situation post-Fukushima

Energy costs in Japan: A presentation to diplomats from the 28 EU countries (+ Norway and Switzerland) given at the EU Delegation in Tokyo on Thursday 18 May 2017 How can you reduce your energy bills? Energy costs in Japan, how to reduce energy costs, and the current energy situation in Japan post-Fukushima are inherently […]

Japan electricity sector disruption – new business models and deregulation overdue

Japan electricity regional operators’ income peaked about 10 years ago Japanese electricity companies’ business models face massive disruption by technology innovation and the Fukushima nuclear accident With the annual general shareholder meetings completed and financial results published, we have analyzed the financial results of Japan’s 10 regional electric power companies (plus several other Japanese electricity […]

Japan nuclear free since Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, when the last reaction was switched off. Restart unclear.

Japan went 100% nuclear free since Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. When nuclear reactors will be restarted is totally unclear. Kansai Electric Power (KEPCO) on Sunday Sept 15, 2013 at 16:40 started to reduce power output of Japan’s last remaining active nuclear power reactor (Oi No. 4 reactor), and stopped operations of this reactor on Monday […]

Feed in tariff Japan for renewable energy: approvals drying up?

Feed in tariff Japan for renewable energy are about three times higher than in Germany Approvals peaked just before the latest feed in tariff reduction The figures below show an overview of renewable energy sources currently installed and operational in Japan (the majority of which is water power), and also renewable energy projects approved by […]

Japan energy – myths versus reality, mantra versus smart

A lecture a the Embassy of Sweden for the Stockholm School of Economics European Institute for Japanese Studies EIJS Outline of the lecture: Energy and DNA Energy and Physics, why you need to understand physics to understand energy Ludwig Boltzmann’s tools and laws to work with energy Myth versus reality, mantra versus smart – psychology […]

US$ 15 billion losses for Japan’s electricity sector continue

On April 30 Japan’s electricity operators announced their financial results for the financial year that ended on March 31. Japan’s ten regional electricity operators again announced combined net losses in excess of US$ 15 billion for the Financial Year ending March 31, 2013, similar in size as the previous year: energy remains one of Japan’s […]

Japan’s successful and growing gas companies

Liberalization leads to increasing competition and partnerships between Japan’s regional electricity and gas companies Japan gas companies grow at an annual rate of 4.1% and show steady income Japan gas companies grow at an annual rate of 4.1% and show steady income, and have developed into serious competitors for Japan’s electricity operators, while also cooperating […]

Financial instability of Japan’s electricity companies started in 2007

Financial instability of Japan’s electricity companies started long before the Fukushima nuclear accident Japan’s electricity companies ran into financial instability long before the March 11, 2011 disaster It is often assumed that the financial difficulties of Japan’s electricity companies are caused by the shut-down of almost all Japanese nuclear power stations within 13 months of […]

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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