12 May '11, 4pm

Japan Will Turn to Renewable Energy After Fukushima

Japan's Prime Minister said Tuesday that renewable energy will play a larger role as the country reassesses its energy policy in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that caused the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in the northeast part of the country. "The current basic energy policy envisages that over 50% of total electricity supply will come from nuclear power while 20% will come from renewable power in 2030, "Prime Minister Naoto Kan told a news conference. "But that basic plan needs to be reviewed now from scratch after this big incident." He went on to say that it is necessary to promote renewable energies like wind, solar and biomass. Japan currently lags in renewable energy production. In 2010, the government unveiled an energy plan that called for construction of 14 new nuclear reactors by 2030. But public sentiment and political will have turned aga...

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