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G7 Leaders Meet To Discuss Ukraine During Nuclear Summit

Editor’s note: This post has been updated since publication. In June, Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman traveled to Japan for the third meeting of the Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation (BLC). The BLC was launched by President Obama and Prime Minister Noda during their meeting in Washington in April 2012, recognizing that the need for… Keep reading →

Anniversary Of Nuclear Disaster At Three Mile Island Marked Near The Site

TOKYO, Japan – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman and Japan’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Shinsuke Sugiyama co-chaired the third meeting of the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation in Tokyo, Japan, last week. The meeting included participants from a wide range of U.S. government agencies, including the Departments of Energy, State,… Keep reading →

Gulf Oil Spill Begins To Reach Land As BP Struggles To Contain Leak

Japan’s Tohoku Electric Power Company has agreed to buy 0.9 million tons per annum of LNG for 20 years from the 8.9 mtpa, Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG project in Australia. Other committed buyers for Wheatstone production include TEPCO, Kyushu Electric Power Company and Chubu Electric Power Company. First LNG is scheduled for 2016. US independent Apache completed… Keep reading →


Japan’s recent deal to import US LNG at Henry Hub benchmark prices appears largely symbolic, but is important for the sector as it could represent the beginning of a larger trend away from oil-linked LNG prices for the world’s largest LNG importer.

“They [the deal’s negotiators] were very surprised they were able to pull it off,” a source familiar with the negotiations recently told Breaking Energy. Keep reading →


March 2012 shattered US temperature records. What about the summer?

Electricity market operators are not generally fond of hot summers, when consumers turn up their air conditioners to stay cool, while straining the network, sometimes to the brink of disaster. This summer is no exception, especially in a few places where supplies are likely to be tight. Keep reading →