Japan presents 3 energy policy options for debate

(REUTERS) The Japanese government presented three options for a new energy policy on Friday and opened them to public debate before selecting one in August that will shift the world’s third-biggest economy away from nuclear power toward renewable energy.

Last year’s Fukushima crisis prompted Japan to scrap a 2010 plan to raise the share of nuclear energy to over 50 percent of its power generation by 2030.

Japan's public will vote in August on three alternative plans for the nation's energy mix. Picture credit World Economic Forum.

With public confidence in the safety of nuclear power generation still in tatters, the nuclear component ranges from zero to 20-25 percent in the three options, down from about 30 percent before the disaster.

Read full article by Lisa Maeda in REUTERS