|Wind farm in Nunobiki, Fukushima Prefecture. Some rights reserved by contri, First publiched on Twitter.|
Fukushima to use 100% renewable energy by 2040
Japanese province hit by nuclear disaster aims to generate all its own energy within 30 years
Sophie Yeo, RTCC
Currently, Fukushima derives 22% of its primary energy from renewable sources. According to Stefan Schurig from the World Future Council, the price of clean energy is no longer an obstacle in making the transition away from fossil fuels.
“The cost of renewable energy has declined massively, so they’re more or less competitive with conventional types of energy,” he told RTCC.
A US$ 226 million floating offshore wind farm project is already in motion off the coast of Fukushima. One wind turbine is already delivering 2 megawatts of energy. By 2020, the goal is to have 143 turbines generating 1 gigawatts of wind energy, making use of the region’s considerable natural resources.
Iida told RTCC that local and metropolitan governments have a more progressive attitude towards climate change than at the central level, where he says industry maintains its stronghold.
The Japanese national government stunned other delegations at the UN’s climate change negotiations in Warsaw last November when it announced that it intended to backtrack on its previous commitment to reducing emissions by 25% on 1990 levels, to a 3.1% increase.
Iida added that community power schemes provided a sense of “local ownership, local participation” and that the nuclear disaster had changed the way people thought about energy.
He said: “Fukushima people are encouraged to set up community power all over the area.”
...But he added that it was a positive step forward for an area that seemed hopeless following the devastation caused by the nuclear disaster.
“It’s one of the very few chances this place actually has,” he said. “I felt a very real hopelessness to cope with the situation, but also we need to change something, we need to look into the future.
“In setting this target, the mayor provides his people with a new vision, with a positive spin that it the only possible strategy to convert this negative connection with Fukushima and spin it into a positive tone.”
It will probably go like this, when the timeline is reviewed: In Department of Energy meetings (of which meticulous records are kept, by which records the nosy citizen may be made to stop meddling and worrying, and, therefore, in pursuit of which satisfaction requests will inevitably be made via intrepid FOIA) where Lessons are Learned, this boom in renewables will be seen as having been due to a failure of basic industry procedure with respect to the information environment, the so-called "Strategic Hypotheses Affecting the Media Environment." I am referring, of course, to the Communication, Risk, and Management 3, or CRM3! (often mistakenly thought of by the untrained layperson simply as environmental crimes).
The CRM3! are crucial to the success of the Materials Excursion Hazard First Responders (MEH-FirstRs) dispatched in haste by ad hoc executive quorum to rally, organize, and expedite the priorities that will go on to define and dominate public discourse.
Public response to news feeding into that first Media Aftermath Window (MAW), with the 20/20 vision that comes from the objective analysis of hindsight, is overwhelmingly cited as far and away the single most important factor after an excursion or LOCA event.
Most importantly, not only the immediate, but the longer term health of the Energy sector in the region is so dependent on the consequences of CRM choices made then that insiders usually choose to measure time during those first few days in updates or editions, instead of the units of time with which the public is more familiar.