Nuclear energy in Japan will not be able to meet the government's production targets - Finance and Markets

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Nuclear energy in Japan will not be able to meet the government’s production targets by 2030. The local authorities set a goal nuclear energy to reach at least a 20% share of total electricity production in the country by 2030.

At present, Japan has eight reactors in operation, with another ones being expected in November. The nuclear power in the island state has managed to outpace plants using renewable energy sources for the first time since 2011 after the accident with the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant.

With the currently active reactors the share of the nuclear energy is up to 15% of the total electricity in the country, which is far behind the government’s demand of 20-22%.

“It is impossible to achieve these goals”, said Takeo Kikkawa, an energy expert at the Tokyo University of Natural Sciences. He does not expect a new nuclear reactors to be launched before 2020.

According to one of the latest analyzes, nuclear power will reach 14% of total production by 2030, which only proves the fact that this type of electricity generation remains unpopular in Japan because of the accident 7 years ago, with the country intending to restart only a few of its all 54 reactors.