Nuclear Phase Out Possible for Japan?
SINGAPORE, Oct. 24 (UPI) — A former chief of the International Energy Agency said he was doubtful that Japan could follow through on its plan to phase out nuclear power by 2040.
Speaking at the Asia Future Energy Forum in Singapore Tuesday, Nobuo Tanaka — now a global associate for energy security and sustainability at the Institute of Energy Economics in Japan — said he was “very skeptical about the feasibility of this plan,” Eco-Business news reports.
Prior to the March 2011 Fukushima crisis, nuclear power generated 30 percent of Japan’s electricity, making it the world’s third-biggest nuclear generator. The government had aimed to increase that percentage to 50 by 2030.
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