Sunday, May 22, 2011

Renewable Energy Will Play a Larger Role in Japan

Government officials in Japan have stated that renewable energy will play a larger part in their long term energy policy.  The announcement and change in policy are a direct result of the recent earthquake and tsunami which caused the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.  Japan's previous energy policy stated that Japan would us nuclear energy to produce 50% of their power consumption by 2030.  This would have require them to build an additional 14 nuclear power plants over the next 20 years. This plan has now changed because of the events at Fukushima.  While Japan will continue to use nuclear energy, they are investing a greater amount of resources in renewable energy such as wind power. Currently renewable energy only supplies about 1% of Japan's power.  The Government hopes to significantly increase this number going forward.

Japan to Develop Renewable Energy

With Japan making a radical change in their energy policy, should we consider doing the same?  you can find information about U.S. Energy Policy here Energy and the Environment.  If you feel we need to make a change in energy policy, you should write your state congressmen and tell them its time for change!

-Ryan Cohen

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