29 May '11, 10pm

Japan aims for 20% renewable power

Japan will aim to generate at least 20 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by the 2020s, and will review plans to expand its nuclear industry in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. Prime Minister Naoto Kan told a meeting of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris that three meltdowns caused by an earthquake and tsunami hitting the plant had prompted the shift in focus. FURTHER READING Toshiba forgoes nuclear sales for renewables focus OECD says green policies can drive economic growth Prior to the disaster, Japan was the world's third-largest user of nuclear power and was seeking to meet half of its electricity needs by 2030 with new reactors, up from around 30 per cent currently. Renewable generation accounts for around 10 per cent and the International Energy Agency (IEA) expects considerable grid upgrades will be needed ...

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