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Coal to Replace Gas as Japan’s Leading Power Source From 2019

Coal is set to overtake gas within the next three years as the largest power source in Japan

With Japanese power utilities on a mission to replace aging nuclear capacity, coal is set to overtake gas within the next three years as the largest power source in Japan, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Pre-Fukushima disaster of 2011, nuclear power accounted for approximately 29 percent of Japan’s total power output and will peak at 13.6 percent by 2023, BNEF reported recently. By 2040, nuclear’s share will drop to 1.2 percent.

Despite a greater reliance on coal, Japan is likely to meet its 2030 emission reduction target for the power sector (a 34 percent reduction compared with 2013 levels) due to a drop in power demand, according to BNEF. The elimination in oil-fired generation, greater reliance on more efficient coal-power plants and an increase in clean energy will also contribute.

However, the government’s aim for zero-emission sources to account for 44 percent of electricity generation in 2030 is unlikely to be met without new policy initiatives, the report said.



Source: Chisaki Watanab, Bloomberg
Published: June 13, 2016

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