From nuclear to solar: supporting the transition of Japan’s electricity system

The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster had a profound effect on Japanese energy policy. Nuclear reactors generated 30 per cent of the nation’s electricity at that time, but since then the Japanese Government has reformed its electricity system in favour of renewable energy generation.

An ambitious target of 22-24 per cent renewable energy by 2030 was introduced and a feed-in tariff was implemented to support the development of green projects. The feed-in tariff has been revised over time to reflect improved efficiency and reducing costs, and the scheme remains successful.

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