Renewable power to outpace nuclear generation capacity in Japan by 2030

27 April 2015 (Last Updated April 27th, 2015 18:30)

Japan is expecting that renewable energy sources, including solar and hydro, will generate more power in the country than nuclear facilities by 2030.

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Japan is expecting that renewable energy sources, including solar and hydro, will generate more power in the country than nuclear facilities by 2030.

According to a draft report published by the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, green energy will meet nearly 24% of the country’s power requirements in 15 years.

Atomic Power, on the other hand, will account for around 22% of Japan’s electricity mix by 2030, reports Bloomberg.

Nuclear power generation in the country had been postponed for long after the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

More than a quarter of Japan’s power requirement was supported by atomic power before the disaster.

In fiscal 2010, atomic power accounted for 29% of the country’s power mix while renewable sources supported 9.6%.

"Nuclear power generation in the country had been postponed for long after the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant."

Japan had taken all 48 of its nuclear reactors offline by September 2013.

The country is presently reviewing operational conditions of 24 nuclear reactors for restart. Even all of them will be able to offer up to 16% of the country’s power needs when operational.

According to Greenpeace, ten more nuclear reactors need to be operational to meet Japan government’s nuclear target.

By 2030, the country expects nuclear and renewable sources to supply 53% and 21% of its combined power output, respectively.


Image: Fukushima I nuclear power plant. Photo: courtesy of KEI / Wikipedia.