Japan May More Than Double Geothermal Power Capacity by 2030

(Bloomberg) — Japan may more than double its geothermal
power capacity by 2030, according to a document released Tuesday
by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The country, which ranks third in the world in terms of
geothermal resources, currently has 520 megawatts. By 2030,
Japan may add 380 megawatts to 850 megawatts under different
scenarios which take into factors such as deregulations,
according to the document.

The estimates were presented to a government panel tasked
with reviewing Japan’s long-term energy demand. The panel was to
discuss the country’s 2030 outlook for clean energy Tuesday.

As for hydro power generation, Japan may add 350 megawatts
to 2,960 megawatts by 2030 to the base of 47,450 megawatts,
according to the document.

Japan’s biomass capacity may increase to more than 4,080
megawatts from 2,520 megawatts in 15 years, the ministry said.
Estimates for wind and solar power generation were not presented
in the document.

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Keith Gosman, Indranil Ghosh

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