Lessons from Japan: How the Nation Can Supercharge Its Clean-Energy Economy

Two and a half years after the Fukushima disaster, all of Japan’s 50 nuclear reactors are offline. The nation’s total energy mix from nuclear power has dropped precipitously, from nuclear providing 11.3 percent in 2010 to just 0.7 percent in 2012, according to recently released data from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, & Industry. While Japan’s national government under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would like to bring many of the nation’s nuclear plants back online, strong opposition from local prefectural governors and the public have put nuclear power’s future in a precarious position. Some of Japan’s plants will likely be brought back online — this past summer, two of the nation’s plants were operational, only recently shut down for maintenance ­— but not many. And new nuclear plants are pretty much off the table.

via Renewable Energy News – RenewableEnergyWorld.com http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013/11/lessons-from-japan-how-the-nation-can-supercharge-its-clean-energy-economy?cmpid=rss

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