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How Japan Replaced Half its Nuclear Capacity with Conservation and Efficiency

April 10, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Japan Fuel Changes

After the Tohoku earthquake three years ago, Japan was in a seemingly impossible situation. A tremendous amount of conventional generation capacity, including the entire nuclear fleet, was unavailable and the country faced the risk of power cuts during summer consumption peaks.[read more]

Will Japan End its International Isolation on Overseas Coal Lending?

February 17, 2014 by Justin Guay

Japan and Coal Lending

As an ever-expanding number of international financial institutions restrict their support for new coal plants overseas the worlds policymakers are now turning their attention to the one nation that stands out for its refusal to join the international community - Japan.[read more]

How Fast Can a Nation Decarbonize? Updated Progress Reports for the UK, Japan and Australia

December 17, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Decarbonization

While I was working on The Climate Fix I published several peer reviewed articles on climate policies of the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia. In recent months I have updated these analyses and summarize the updates here.[read more]

Make Solar, Not War

December 9, 2013 by Boyd Arnold

Energy and Conflict

Making the headlines recently has been China’s assertion of a no-fly zone over large parts of the East China Sea. The no-fly zone is a direct provocation towards Japan. What’s flying under the radar is that China and Japan are installing more solar capacity than the rest of the world.[read more]

LUNA RING To Turn Moon Into Solar Power Collector

December 8, 2013 by Joshua Hill
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LUNA RING

The earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan in March of 2011 has dealt the country numerous hits — personal, social, and economical, as well as a massive hit to their power infrastructure, with public and international pressure causing the decommissioning of almost all their nuclear reactors.[read more]

Japan's New Emissions Targets

November 21, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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Japan and Changing Targets

The Japanese government announced that it would adopt a new emissions reductions target. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he is sure that Japan can substantially contribute to global efforts to tackle climate change and that the government will steadily implement necessary measures.[read more]

When a Country Weakens its Climate Target, Does it Make a Sound?: The Japanese Precedent

November 19, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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Japan has formally signaled that it will renege on its climate commitment to reduce emissions. Instead of significantly reducing emissions they are now saying that they will have their emissions increase. This is a disappointment that is drawing scorn from a variety of quarters.[read more]

Japan's Solar Energy Market Surge Blows Away Earlier Forecasts

November 13, 2013 by Herman Trabish
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Japan Solar Market Surge

The newly projected 350 percent growth of Japan’s solar market from 2012 to 2013 dwarfs estimates made earlier this year. The latest forecast is almost a full gigawatt higher than the 5.3 gigawatts expected by analysts earlier this year.[read more]

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Uncertain Future for Nuclear Energy in Japan as Last Nuclear Reactor is Switched Off

November 1, 2013 by Gerhard Fasol
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Nuclear Energy and Japan

Japan is not non-nuclear because of a clear Government decision to switch off nuclear power. There is no Japanese Government decision to go non-nuclear at this time. On the contrary, the current Japanese government is decidedly pro-nuclear.[read more]

Offshore Wind and Japan: Will the US Win or Lose This Technology Race?

October 24, 2013 by Lewis Milford
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The nuclear power crisis in Japan may open up new opportunities for offshore wind innovation. Japan's rapid response to the Fukushima crisis, like finding alternative energy solutions, suggests how the U.S. could gain a foothold in a new segment of offshore wind -- floating turbines.[read more]

China, Japan, and Chekhov's Gun - Where Does Fracking Fit In?: Interview with Don Coxe

October 5, 2013 by Jim Patrick

Don Coxe has 40 years of institutional investment experience in Canada and the U.S. As a strategist and investor, he has been engaged at the senior level in global capital markets through every recession and boom since the onset of stagflation in 1972.[read more]

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Solar Energy Capacity Growth Rivals Wind as Manufacturer Outlook Strengthens

October 2, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins
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Global PV Development

New solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity may rival or exceed the growth in wind energy for the first time in 2013, as growing demand and continuing industry consolidation begin to brighten prospects for solar manufacturers, industry analysts report.[read more]

Japan Solar Energy PV Industry Reaches 10 GW Milestone

September 15, 2013 by Joshua Hill
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Japan Solar PV

New research conducted by NPD Solarbuzz and featured on their blog this past week shows that Japanese solar photovoltaic “PV” installations have now passed 10 GW for cumulative PV capacity, only the fifth country to reach the mark.[read more]

Japan's Appetite for Demand Response Awakens

August 2, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Comverge has made its largest splash in Asia to date with a new regional research and development operation in Japan, and Japan’s utilities have turned their attention to demand-side management as the industry continues to contend with the consequences of Fukushima.[read more]

Japanese Solar Energy Industry Soaring

June 5, 2013 by Joshua Hill
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Japanese solar plant

Not only can solar replace nuclear power in Japan, but it is also set to become the world’s largest solar revenue market in 2013, thanks at least in part to a surge in installations in Q1.[read more]