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Fossil costs drive Kansai rate hike

Located in: Corporate

26 November 2012

As all but two of the country's nuclear reactors remain shut down, the Kansai Electric Power Company (Kepco) has today applied to Japan's Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) to raise the region's household electricity prices by 12% and that of commercial users by 19% in order to offset soaring fossil fuel imports.


France looks deeper at post-accident management

Located in: Regulation and Safety

23 November 2012

France has published the basic elements of a national doctrine to help the government develop a strategy to address potential health, social and economic impacts in the unlikely event of a serious nuclear accident.

Next step for nuclear robotics

Located in: Corporate

21 November 2012

Tetrapod robot (Toshiba) 48x66Robots have been useful in surveying dangerous areas of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but a walking robot revealed by Toshiba promises to undertake more complex tasks in future.

Protecting unit 3

Located in: Regulation and Safety

20 November 2012

Fukushima Daiichi 3 cover 48Plans for the construction of a protective cover over the damaged reactor building of Fukushima Daiichi unit 3 have been announced by Tokyo Electric Power Company.

Green initiative 'risks Swiss energy security'

Located in: Nuclear Policies

19 November 2012

Muhleberg (BKW)-48A Green-led initiative to enshrine nuclear phaseout plans in Swiss law has secured enough support to force a public vote on the issue. Nuclear supporters say the move would needlessly jeopardise energy security.

Japanese industry bolsters nuclear safety cooperation

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 November 2012

The Japan Nuclear Safety Institute has been launched to improve the safety of Japan's nuclear industry by sharing operating experience and safety knowledge among the country's nuclear companies.

Japanese policy waits for election outcome

Located in: Nuclear Policies

15 November 2012

Diet building_48Only two months after the Japanese government revealed its long-term intention to eventually end nuclear power production, the announcement of a general election has effectively placed development of the country's energy policy on hold.

Coping with energy transition

Located in: Corporate

14 November 2012

Isar 1 and 2 (EOn) 77x48EOn continues to struggle under German energy policy, with gas generation made "barely profitable" by pro-renewable market arrangements and nuclear generation slashed and taxed by government decree. Investors have been warned of revisions in targets for 2013 and 2015.

Help yourselves to success, vendors told

Located in: Corporate

13 November 2012

Akkuyu (AEP)_48Reactor vendors can increase their competitiveness as they bid for projects in the post-Fukushima world if they address a number of key factors to bring together their strengths and good practices, a new report from Ernst & Young suggests.

IEA cuts nuclear power growth forecast

Located in: Energy and Environment

12 November 2012

Global nuclear generating capacity will reach some 580 GWe in 2035, according to the latest edition of the World Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency (IEA). This is 10% less than the IEA forecast a year ago.

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