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.
- What You Need to Know About Demand Charges
- Choosing the Right LED Product for Industrial Lighting Applications
- Expert Q and A: Tips for Automating your Energy Data
- NAEM Trends Report: Planning for a Sustainable Future
- Alarms Management: The Future is Now
- How "Fixed" is the Fixed Price Product?
- 2014 Energy and Sustainability Predictions: Findings from Leading Professionals
- EHS Managers: The Evolution from Necessary Evil to Vital Leaders
- The Impact of a Changing Workforce on Facilities Management
- Optimizing Asset and Service Management in the Manufacturing Industry
- BUYING STRATEGIES IN A VOLATILE MARKET: What Businesses Need to Know about Retail Electricity Procurement
- Smart Building Technology: The Key to Comprehensive Building Performance
- What Energy Managers Need to know about Procuring Natural Gas: Guidance for 2014 Natural Gas Contracts
- Energy Optimization from the Boiler Room to the Board Room
- Your Roadmap for Energy Management: First Stop – Myths & Realities of Energy Purchasing