Japan Confirms Nuclear Energy to Supply a Fifth of Power by 2030

Japan confirmed a program setting out its ambitions for its long-term mix of power supply, anticipating nuclear will feed as much as 22 percent of the nation’s needs by 2030.

Clean energy sources such as solar and hydro will generate up to 24 percent of Japan’s electricity in 15 years, according to the report by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The document endorses measures set out in April. It’s the result of months of deliberation by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, which is seeking to balance demands for lower greenhouse gas emissions and concerns about the safety of nuclear power with the need to keep affordable power flowing to homes and businesses.

Nuclear generated slightly more than a quarter of Japan’s electricity before the Fukushima disaster in March 2011. Japan is now without nuclear while maintenance and safety checks are conducted on the country’s existing fleet of reactors.

A draft of the paper was released on April 28. It was formally approved on Thursday after a public consultation and a meeting of experts.

As part of the mix, gas is expected to supply about 27 percent of Japan’s electricity generation by the target date. Coal and oil will provide 26 percent and 3 percent, respectively, according to the report.

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