Tuesday, 12th March 2013
Beyond Nuclear: The Triple Challenge Facing Japanese Utilities
From Executive Summary:
After decades of market dominance, high profitability and the creation of strong shareholder value, Japan’s nuclear utilities saw their fortunes turn in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. They suffered large declines in returns and share prices, and have experienced only limited recovery, with 48 out of 50 nuclear reactors remaining offline....
The coming years are likely to be turbulent, with market liberalisation, a renewables revolution, and – despite a pro-nuclear government coming into power in late 2012 – a decreasing share of nuclear energy driven by an overwhelming public demand for a nuclear-free future. Utilities will soon have to face these challenges head on, but in much weaker positions than they were 20 months ago. However, by learning lessons at home and abroad, and accepting that old strategies no longer work, Japanese utilities can improve their positions in both the short term and the long term.
This report is an overview of the triple challenge Japanese utilities face, with examples illustrating how European and other utilities have addressed these challenges. It also proposes strategies for Japanese utilities to prepare themselves more effectively for similar market changes than they have done so far.
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By Adrian Janes
Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.
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