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Climate Change

Japan to curb thermal power to spur production of renewables

Tokyo seeks change in ways that will avoid supply-demand imbalance

Tokyo wants to encourage the production of renewable energy by shifting away from thermal power generation. (Source photos by courtesy of Taisho Kaneyama Farm and Masaru Shioyama)

TOKYO -- Japan is set to ask thermal power plants to lower their outputs to 20% or 30% of their capacity, likely during sunny spells in the spring and fall seasons, Nikkei has learned, in an effort to expand renewable energy generation.

Thermal power plants are usually asked by the government to lower their output to below 50% of their capacity when supply outstrips demand. By asking such companies to cut their output to even lower levels, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is signaling that more renewable energy should instead be generated.

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