Japan’s biggest utility, Tokyo Electric Power Company, has revealed plans to develop up to 7GW of new renewable energy capacity, marking a major departure from nuclear as the company strives to re-gain “the competitive advantage” in energy generation. Tepco President Tomoaki Kobayakawa told the Nikkei Asian Review on Monday that the company planned to pour tens of billions of dollars into between 6 and 7GW of renewable energy projects both in Japan and abroad, including offshore wind and hydro power. Reports suggest the focus in Japan will largely be on offshore wind, including the use of floating turbine technology that is considered to be well suited to the island nation’s relatively deep coastal waters. And in hydro, Tepco plans to develop sites in south-east Asia, alongside its overseas and domestic wind power businesses. The company reportedly hopes to have each of the three renewables components generating at least 2GW of power.
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The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was rated poorly over drills assuming a severe accident at a nuclear power plant, Japan’s nuclear watchdog said in a report released Wednesday. The report showed none of three nuclear power plants operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. received the highest marks on a three-grade scale for the performance of off-site centers of its plants in information sharing with the watchdog.
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Tokyo Electric Power Holdings (Tepco) has announced plans to develop up to 7GW of renewables capacity as the Japanese energy giant seeks to diversify its energy mix. The company at the centre of the 2011 Fukushima disaster confirmed this week it is seeking to drastically increase its renewables portfolio, which currently accounts for just 15 per cent of the power it generates.
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