published on 14 November 2019 in energy
Transition of Fukushima from nuclear to renewable energy
A plan is in progress in Fukushima to transform the area surrounding the nuclear power plant into a centre for renewable energy, renamed Renewable Energy Village. At present, a mix of renewable energies made up of wind, biomass, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric sources is installed in the area, producing a total of 1.5 GW. The prefecture is planning to build no less than 11 photovoltaic and 10 wind power plants throughout its territory, in the mountain and agricultural areas which, due to radioactive contamination, can no longer be farmed. The aim is to satisfy all the requirements for electricity in the prefecture, radically changed after the tsunami in 2011 and the consequent incident at the nuclear power plant. Yet the project goes beyond self-sufficiency: the government wants Fukushina to return to life as a veritable regional renewable energy hub, supplying electricity to the large metropolitan area of Tokyo too. According to the forecasts, by 2030 it could supply 13-14% of the Japanese electricity mix.