Japanese Government Wants Energy Firms Weaned Off Fossil Fuels

October 8, 2008 / No Comments

Tokyo has its eyes on weaning electric, gas, and petroleum companies from fossil fuels. The Japanese government will require the big users to utilize certain amounts of nonfossil fuels – solar, hydraulic and nuclear power.

nuclearjapanpower Japanese Government Wants Energy Firms Weaned Off Fossil Fuels

The goal is for the proportion of nonfossil fuels to be 30% of the total energy supplies in Japan by 2030. It was 18% in 2005. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will overhaul a 30 year old law to promote the development and use of nonpetroleum fuels.

Japan wants to:

1. stop relying on foreign oil

2. fight global warming

3. and to reduce dependence on natural gas, coal and other greenhouse gas generators.

Energy companies already are required to use solar and wind power. Under the new law, nuclear power will be a requirement as well. Which country will be the next to follow suit?