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Nuclear power to supply 20-22% of Japan's energy in 2030

TOKYO -- Japan will reduce its reliance on nuclear reactors by 2030 while trying to make renewable energy sources a staple of its power supply, according to a government plan unveiled Thursday.

     The proposal on the country's optimal energy mix, compiled by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, shows nuclear power accounting for 20-22% of overall electricity use in 2030 -- less than the roughly 30% before the March 2011 Fukushima meltdown.

     If just a dozen or so existing nuclear plants come back online and operate for as long as 20 years, the 20% level would be achievable. None of the country's atomic reactors are currently in operation.

     The proposal calls for renewable energy making up 22-24% of power consumption in 2030, given ample room for expanding geothermal, biomass and hydropower generation. Currently, solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy account for only about 10% of the equation.

     The ministry will aim to finalize the proposal by the end of next month.

(Nikkei)

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