There was a recent report that
Tokyo Electric has announced annual profits of $4.3 billion USD, compared to a net loss of $6.6 billion USD in the previous year. The utility, which recently found itself on the edge of a financial cliff, benefited not only by hiking its electricity rates, but also from an enormous bailout from the Japanese government. Japan experienced a warm winter last year, which lead to a decline in the amount of electricity sold, but those losses were offset by the rate hike. The Japanese government also gave the utility some $175 billion USD in bailout funds.
Imagine what the impact might be if the government instead provided $175 billion USD to promote conservation, wind, and solar power.