State Energy Plan Discourages Nuclear Power
News: The government of Japan prepared a final version of a draft energy policy that encourages the use of atomic power and curtails specific objectives for the use of renewable power, reports Bloomberg. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's draft report claims nuclear power is an important base-load energy source. Still, it says Japan aims to reduce its reliance on nuclear as much as possible and seeks to adopt renewables at levels that exceed previously set goals. Although the energy plan did not include percentage targets, one of the two ruling parties in the country insisted on imposing a 30% renewables target by 2030. The percentage increases to 35% if hydropower is included. The new energy plan is expected to be approved soon.