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2012 Vol.3
Challenges for the Diffusion of Renewable Energy

2012/07/01

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake, the establishment of new nuclear power plants has become a very difficult issue, and it is expected that the share of nuclear power energy in the domestic energy supply will decrease and that of renewable energy will increase in the future. Since renewable energy projects cannot be maintained without local support, to ensure such projects are successful, it is necessary alongside establishing detailed project plans to reach consensus among local actors. However, the cordinating costs involved can be very high, and the diffusion of renewable energy will depend on our ability to limit the total cost which includes expenditure on the projects themselves. Possible solutions to this include training coordinators in local areas, developing platforms that enhance horizontal networks in local activities, and strengthening the support systems for renewable energy projects. Since the Great East Japan Earthquake, the establishment of new nuclear power plants has become a very difficult issue, and it is expected that the share of nuclear power energy in the domestic energy supply will decrease and that of renewable energy will increase in the future. Since renewable energy projects cannot be maintained without local support, to ensure such projects are successful, it is necessary alongside establishing detailed project plans to reach consensus among local actors. However, the cordinating costs involved can be very high, and the diffusion of renewable energy will depend on our ability to limit the total cost which includes expenditure on the projects themselves. Possible solutions to this include training coordinators in local areas, developing platforms that enhance horizontal networks in local activities, and strengthening the support systems for renewable energy projects.

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