Japan Plan Phases Out Nuclear Power by 2030, As Renewable Energy Projects Quickly Approved
Japan may have restarted a bit of its nuclear power (to much public protest), after a promised full shut down in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, but that apparently hasn't deterred the government from moving forward into a no-nuclear future.
BBC News reports that a new plan has been unveiled to fully phase out nuclear power in the nation by 2030, with the reactors themselves all being shuttered by 2040. Prior to the disaster, Japan anticipated getting half of its electricity from nuclear power by 2050.
To make up the energy shortfall, which has already subject the nation to planned blackouts, Japan plans on increasing oil, coal and gas imports, as well as increasing renewable energy use.
To that latter part: Revmodo highlights the rapid rate at which renewable energy projects are getting the green light in Japan. Reuters tallies more than 33,000 large and small renewable projects getting approved funding in the past two months—including 81 large solar power projects totaling 243 MW, unspecified rooftop solar with a combined capacity of 202 MW, 6 wind power projects adding up to 122 MW, and a lone small-scale hydro project of 0.2 MW capacity.