Japan Plan Phases Out Nuclear Power by 2030, As Renewable Energy Projects Quickly Approved

September 15, 2012

Japan may have restarted a bit of its nuclear power (to much public protest), after a promised full shut down in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, but that apparently hasn’t deterred the government from moving forward into a no-nuclear future.

BBC News reports that a new plan has been unveiled to fully phase out nuclear power in the nation by 2030, with the reactors themselves all being shuttered by 2040. Prior to the disaster, Japan anticipated getting half of its electricity from nuclear power by 2050.

To make up the energy shortfall, which has already subject the nation to planned blackouts, Japan plans on increasing oil, coal and gas imports, as well as increasing renewable energy use.

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