Japan to harness renewables in new alternative power plan

Japan has unveiled its new strategy to boost power generation capacity that seeks to eliminate all nuclear power plants by 2030.

Announcing the new plan, Environment Minister Goshi Hosono, said his ministry plans to increase the combined annual capacity of electricity generation using offshore wind, geothermal, biomass and tidal power sources to as much as 19.41 million kw by 2030, compared with 2.96 million kw in fiscal 2010.

Environment Minister Goshi Hosono
The Japanese government is exploring options to cut nuclear energy's share of total power generation to zero, 15 percent, or 20 to 25 percent by 2030 in the wake of last year's Fukushima nuclear crisis, the Japan Times reports.

The newly unveiled strategy is designed to allow for the zero percent option, the report said.

According to the report, Hosono stressed that floating ocean wind power generators should be developed by 2020 to achieve the target of generating the same output as eight nuclear reactors.

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