The Basic Issue Subcommittee of the Energy Commission, which reports directly to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Agency of Natural Resources and Energy, released a report detailing four options for Japan’s energy industry through 2030. The first option would be to continue with Japan’s pre-Fukashima plan to boost nuclear to 45.2% of the country’s portfolio, but none of the 25 commissioners supported this option. The second option lessened the increase of nuclear to 35% of the nation’s portfolio with renewables rising from 10.2% in 2010 to 23% by 2030, but gained the support of just a single commission member. Seven ministers supported the third option, which eliminated nuclear power and called for a boosting of renewable energy to between 23% and 72% of the country’s energy portfolio. The fourth proposal received the support of nine members, which reduces nuclear power's share to between 20% and 25, down from 26.5% in 2010; raises the share of renewable energy to between 13% and 37%; and reduces the energy from fossil fuel generation to 32% of total energy used, down from 56.9% in 2010. The four options will be reconciled and published as a single recommendation in the near future.
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Japanese commission provides options for energy strategy
- Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
- David Leiter, Sarah Litke and Daniel Phillips
- March 25 2012
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