Nuclear to generate up to 22% of Japan’s electricity under proposed plan

 Nuclear to generate up to 22% of Japan’s electricity under proposed plan

Japan’s Economy, Trade and Industry ministry set a potential target for 20 to 22 percent of the nation’s electricity generation to come from nuclear power by 2030.
The nuclear target is a decrease from the 28.6 percent target in 2010, just before the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami that heavily damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant the following year.  Japan shut down all 48 reactors and implemented new safety regulations that operators must pass before any of the reactors can restart.
The minister’s proposed plan also calls for 22 to 24 percent of the generation mix to come from renewable energy, according to several reports. Coal generation currently makes up around 30 percent of its electricity generation since all of the nuclear plants shut down, but the plan calls for the share of coal to decrease to 26 percent. Natural gas generation currently accounts for 43.2 percent, which would be lowered to 27 percent under the plan, the article said.

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