Fukushima Wants 100% Renewables
The province of Fukushima in northeast Japan plans to switch to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. The province is the site of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant that suffered a nuclear meltdown three years after the earthquake and tsunami.
The energy will be generated through local community initiatives throughout the province of nearly two million, according to EcoNews. The plan is counter to the national government’s plan to revive the nuclear industry.
But former Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa is running for mayor of Tokyo on an anti-nuclear platform.
Fukushima currently gets 22 percent of its energy from renewable sources. A 2-MW offshore wind turbine is operating and two more 7-MW turbines are planned. A 26-MT solar array is under construction.
Government incentives such as a feed-in tariff that was passed into law shortly after the Fukushima meltdown are encouraging solar development. The shuttering of Japan’s 50 nuclear reactors after the incident forced the government to focus on alternative energy sources.
A September 2013 survey found that 53 percent of Japanese people wanted to see nuclear power phased out gradually, and 23 percent wanted it immediately ended.
The local situation is still unresolved, with nuclear radiation around the Fukushima power plant about eight times government safety guidelines as of mid-January.
- Existing Building Technologies Combine for Increased Savings
- Let's Do The Math for DR
- 2014 Environmental Leader Product and Project Awards
- Improve Your Company's Environment and Energy Performance
- NAEM 2015 EHS and Sustainability Software Buyers Guide
- Unlocking the Value of Energy & Operational Data
- Smart Companies Utilize Integrated Energy Solutions
- Combined Heat and Power
- Increase the Value of Demand Response Through Automation
- How "Fixed" is the Fixed Price Product?
- Connected Buildings, Connected People: A Look to the Future
- Cut Costs and Improve Facility Operations with Energy Data
- Energy Procurement Strategies for Winter 2014 and 2015
- Energy Efficiency Requires Engineering Efficiency
- Integrated Building Optimization: A Crucial Convergence of Demand-side and Supply-Side Energy Management Strategies