26 Jan '15, 11am

Japan to set renewable energy targets despite nuclear creeping back in

Japan looks set to finally put a number to its renewable energy aspirations - even while nuclear power is prepared for a hasty restart to mitigate national energy security concerns. Image: Solar Frontier. Japan will produce definitive targets for renewable energy this year, according to a government official. The country’s leaders have taken criticism from pro-renewable energy groups for not doing so previously. Keiji Hidaka, deputy director of the Agency for New and Renewable Energy (ANRE), a recently established division of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), confirmed the news to PV Tech in a call on Friday morning. He did not however give any indication of likely percentages or criteria for determining the targets. Hidaka also denied some recent reports that had claimed the government was intent on lowering the rates payable for solar projects ...

Full article: http://www.pv-tech.org/news/japan_to_set_renewable_energy...

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