All posts tagged: Japan


Privatization of public services is failing, says think tank

“Reclaiming public services: how cities and citizens are turning back privatization,” the Transnational Institute (TNI) summarizes the global movement of communities and cities taking back control of their energy and water supply. Germany’s Energiewende serves as a role model. Craig Morris takes a look.

Read More

What are the Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Latin America’s energy sector?

The trade agreement TPP among twelve Pacific Rim countries contains not only traditional measures to lower or eliminate trade barriers and tariffs between the signatory countries but also provisions on telecommunications, intellectual property rights etc. The energy sector is covered in the trade and investment provisions under “goods and services.” The TPP will have multifaceted implications on the region’s energy sector, Lillian Sol Cueva explains.

Read More

Wind and solar power boom worldwide

Global installation figures are rolling in for wind and PV, and they look fantastic. The future is also bright: the forecast is for further growth. Single countries used to dominate these markets, but increasingly everyone is building. In fact, developing countries now invest more in renewables than the developed world does. Craig Morris takes a look.

Read More

How opposite energy policies turned the Fukushima disaster into a loss for Japan and a win for Germany

When the Fukushima accident happened, both Japan and Germany were highly dependent on nuclear power. Whereas Germany has sped up its Energiewende ever since, Japanese politics have remained captured by the interest of utilities. Amory Lovins compares the political effects of the nuclear accident on both countries and debunks some myths around the outcomes of Germany’s energy transition along the way.

Read More

The End of the Tunnel

China has set a goal of 12.5 GW of newly installed photovoltaics annually by 2017 – a level equivalent to more than a third of the global market in recent years. Japan is also booming. Craig Morris says the news is more than a light at the end of the tunnel for the solar sector – it’s the end of the tunnel.

Read More