Fukushima to use 100% renewable energy by 2040

Fukushima II

A tsunami caused Japan to shut down its nuclear reactors in 2011 (Source: Flickr/JuhaOnTheRoad)

The Japanese province of Fukushima has pledged to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2040, turning its 2011 nuclear disaster into an opportunity to tackle climate change.

By Sophie Yeo, RTCC

The mayor of the region, which has a population of about two million people, hopes that community energy schemes will wean the region off fossil fuels completely in just over 25 years’ time. Energy will be generated locally through community energy initiatives and will provide a clean and self-sustaining source of heat and electricity throughout the area. [Read more →]

February 4, 2014   6 Comments

Japan gives green light for feed-in tariffs as well as nuclear reactors

Last month we wrote about Japan’s energy policy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. This included new feed-in tariff (FiT) proposals for wind, geothermal, hydro, solar photovoltaics, biogas, and biomass technologies. On Monday, it was announced that the FiT proposals have been approved by Japan’s Minister of Industry Yukio Edano and will come into effect on 1 July, 2012. [Read more →]

June 22, 2012   1 Comment

Frenzy in post-Fukushima energy policies

© Kim Kyung-Hoon

For a long while, the Japanese government had based its prosperity on its nuclear industry. As one can imagine, the catastrophes of March 2011 compelled it to rethink its energy sources in terms of sustainability. The progress in that field has been such that today the country is on its way to shutting down its last (54th) nuclear power plant, thus achieving a complete nuclear phase-out and a “zero output”. [Read more →]

May 14, 2012   4 Comments