(Yomiuri: April 24, 2015 – p. 2)
The government finalized on April 23 its draft for Japan’s electric power composition, or “energy mix,” for 2030 with renewable energy such as solar and wind power at 22-24% and nuclear power at 20-22% in view of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. The final draft apparently attaches importance to renewable energy out of consideration for voices of concern over the restart of nuclear power plants. The final draft was adopted in a meeting of related ministers held at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will present the government’s final draft to an expert panel on April 28.
As for thermal power generation, gas-fired power was set at 27% because it generates comparatively low greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Coal-fired power, which is relatively inexpensive to generate, was set at 26%.