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Renewable energy expected to account for 21% of total power generation in 2030

  • 2015-03-11 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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(Yomiuri: March 11, 2015 – p. 2)


 The amount of electricity generated from renewable energy resources such as solar and wind power is expected to account for 21.37% of the total power generation in Japan in 2030. In April 2014, the government set a goal of raising the percentage of the production of electricity from renewable energy to “more than 20%” from about 11% (in fiscal 2013). As a result of the rapid increase in solar power generation and other renewables, the government will likely accomplish its goal. The government plans to look into the possibility of further increasing the ratio of the production of renewable energy in the future.


 The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) disclosed its estimate on March 10 at a meeting of a panel of experts discussing the best energy mix for the future.


 Assuming that the total power generation is 1 trillion kilowatt hours, the power generation percentage of hydroelectric, solar, biomass, wind, and geothermal power will be 9.53%, 7.0%, 2.86%, and 0.98%, respectively.


 Estimated percentages of electricity generated from renewable resources in 2030

Solar power


Wind power


Geothermal power


Hydroelectric power


Biomass power





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