Japanese wind can soar this year

The Hibikinada floating wind demonstration project off Fukushima

The Hibikinada floating wind demonstration project off Fukushima

The Fukushima disaster kicked off a fierce national debate on the role of nuclear power in Japan. Three years later, that debate still rages.

Not only is there little sign of agreement, the political friction is increasing. But despite the nation’s energy challenges, there is good reason to believe that this can be a landmark year for Japanese renewables.

The country’s 50 or so nuclear power plants have been shut down while investigations determine how earthquake-proof they are. To plug the gap left by nuclear, Japan is spending an extra $30bn a year on imported fossil fuels, causing a sharp rise in the electricity tariff and increased carbon emissions.

Clearly, this situation is not sustainable. Fortunately, the Log in to read complete article.

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