Earlier this year, the Japanese government considered a bill that would require renewable energy to be integrated into the consumer energy grid. Initially proposed to lower greenhouse gas emissions, the bill has taken on more significance since the great Japan earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The bill, which requires renewable energy to be set at fixed prices, is projected to pass.
The bill will require the government to purchase energy from solar, wind and geothermal sources, and then distribute and sell it to Japanese consumers, along with their other utility sources. Due to the nuclear disaster, some officials feel that integrating renewable energy is an unavoidable step in providing consistent and safe power for the country of Japan.
The bill will also regulate the pricing of these renewable sources, encouraging the companies to work with the government while ensuring that they can make a profit. Prices must also be kept low enough that consumer’s utilities are affordable. This can be somewhat complicated, as renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, fluctuate from day to day. Storing energy in household batteries is one solution that was proposed.
In the meantime, until the bill is approved, Japan will be beefing up its use of oil, natural gas and coal as it weans off of nuclear power. Hopefully the renewable energy bill will pass and more sustainable energy sources will be integrated into Japanese homes.
Via Mainichi Japan
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