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Gov't to stop inefficient coal-fired power plants being built

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By Yuka Obayashi

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Japan plans to stop power firms building coal-fueled plants that are inefficient and dirty as it manages the competing demands of cutting greenhouse gas emissions while stepping up use of the fuel after the Fukushima disaster, officials said Friday.

Right, this coming from pretty much the same government that came up with the idea..(more money wasted)

This is the government that will now push even harder for nuclear plants in the wake of not being able to have fossil fuel plants built.

Abe will get what he wants one way or another.

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If the government allows the building of new coal fired plants then at least they should be with the latest technology to remove pollutions and airborne particulates but that greatly increases the construction and running costs for the power companies who are also losing control over both power generation and power supply which will be by new companies.

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This is the government that will now push even harder for nuclear plants in the wake of not being able to have fossil fuel plants built.

The coal plants are being built BECAUSE they have shut down the nuclear plants. They are not talking about not building fossil fuel plants and turning on nuclear, they are talking about preventing companies from getting around regulations on the coal plants they build. The government's goal is to hopefully kill a few less people as they keep them safe from the horrors of deadly radiation.

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Out of the current fleet of 48 reactors only about 20-25 will pass the new NRA regulations or are coming to the end of the life cycle to make them uneconomic for updating. These reactors in future will only generate 15% of total power demand or about 50% of the level before the nuclear disaster.

By 2030, most of the current reactors will have reached the end of their life cycles and will need decommissioning.

This year, PM Abe stated he wanted to make baseload power 60% of the total with that being generated by nuclear, coal and renewable energy. That would actually increase the amount of coal, not decrease it.

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The government aims to have coal account for 26% of the electricity mix by 2030.

A shameful aim ...nothing positive with this, given that the world needs to reduce Co2 emissions by at least 80% by 2050

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Chugoku Electric is building a coal-gas fired plant. Much like wood-gas I imagine. Don't know the details about the pollution but my guess is that's the reason for the new idea.

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It'd be pretty cool to see buildings themselves harness power. A turbine section that can intake air, solar panels and Conductive coating can all be applied to a certain degree to reduce the demand on the coal/nuclear plant supply.

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What's up? The temperature? In northern California the temperature was 48 degrees on the back deck. Nukes, solar and hydro are the only way to survive.

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What's up? The temperature? In northern California the temperature was 48 degrees on the back deck. Nukes, solar and hydro are the only way to survive.

America still generates 40% of its total power from coal fired power plants and the big three coal burners are America, India and No1, China.

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The government's goal is to hopefully kill a few less people as they keep them safe from the horrors of deadly radiation

Is that sarcastic? Coal power plants actually kill a lot more people due to pollution than nuclear power. The danger of radiation is much exaggerated, but even it weren't, the reality is that coal power plants expose people to more radiation than nuclear power plants as burning coal sends radioactive carbon isotopes in the air.

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@kchoze Yes, that was 100% sarcastic. Burning coal to keep people safe from radiation from nuclear plants is the modern equivalent to burning witches or throwing virgins into volcanoes to keep the Gods happy.

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According to a recent document from the Ministry of the Environment the country could generate 30% of total power from renewable energy by 2030, and reduce the need for coal burning. Nuclear power in this country will simply end by default in the 2030's when reactors reach the end of their life cycles and are not replaced.

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It is a high time to build a pipe for getting cheap gas from Karafuto.

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