(Bloomberg) — Japan has the potential by 2030 to triple
the amount of electricity it gets from renewable sources such as
solar and wind, a Ministry of the Environment study showed.
Clean energy — solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass and
ocean energy — could account for 241.4 terawatt hours to 356.6
terawatt hours by 2030 depending on energy policies, according
to estimates included in the study of renewable energy’s
potential posted on the ministry website April 3. The
report didn’t provide total power output levels for 2030.
Japan gets about 116.1 terawatt hours from renewables,
according to the report, which was compiled by the Mitsubishi
Research Institute for the ministry.
Solar output may increase to 77.7 terawatt hours to 128
terawatt hours in 15 years from 15 terawatt hours, the report
showed. Wind, including offshore, may rise to 41 terawatt hours
to 64.6 terawatt hours from 4.8 terawatt hours.
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