Nuclear key to Japan's energy future

15 June 2010

A draft plan for Japanese power supplies to 2030 sees nuclear power expand with at least 14 new reactors on top of today's fleet of 55. Prepared by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Basic Energy Plan to 2030 sets out milestones for the energy mix. In 2020 the total proportion of non carbon emitting generation should be 50%, rising to 70% in 2030 compared to today's 34%. The country will also aim to bring the utilization rate of its nuclear fleet to top global levels of 90% and the proportion of domestically sourced fuel (which includes nuclear fuel) to the OECD average of 70%.