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IEEFA Report: A Renewables Path to Japanese Energy Security in a Post-Nuclear Era

IEEFA Report: A Renewables Path to Japanese Energy Security in a Post-Nuclear Era

Eliminating High-Risk Dependence on Imported Fuels; Exploiting Domestic Technology Advantages; Avoiding Stranded Assets in Misguided Coal Projects

We’ve just published a report that details how Japan’s post-nuclear electricity-generation economy can be viably retooled around renewable energy. Our report—“Japan: Greater Energy Security Through Renewables: Electricity Transformation in a Post-Nuclear Economy”—emphasizes the potential for national energy security through renewables, most especially wind and solar. This report documents how government policies adopted in the wake […]

Data Bite: In Solar Advances, Japan Is Living Up to Its Nickname as the Land of the Rising Sun

Data Bite: In Solar Advances, Japan Is Living Up to Its Nickname as the Land of the Rising Sun

National Transition Show Declining Overall Demand for Electricity, Less Reliance on Nuclear

We’ve posted a research brief today that finds fossil fuels the main loser in Japan’s ongoing power-sector transformation. Our note, posted here, is released to coincide with industry leaders gathering for the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation “Realizing the Opportunity” conference tomorrow in Tokyo. Our takeaways include the inescapable fact that Japan has become one of the […]

March 8, 2016 Read More →
Past Peak Coal in China

Past Peak Coal in China

Past Peak Coal in China, Nov 2015  Chinese translation of press release (pdf)

November 15, 2015 Read More →
Global Energy Markets Transition Drives Thermal Coal Into Structural Decline

Global Energy Markets Transition Drives Thermal Coal Into Structural Decline

New Research by IEEFA Sees Slowing Demand for Coal and Rapidly Rising Investment in Renewables CLEVELAND, Jan. 14, 2015 (IEEFA.org) — Rapid expansion of renewable energy combined with weakening electricity demand are driving a structural decline in seaborne thermal coal markets, according to a new briefing released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and […]

January 14, 2015 Read More →
Briefing note: Thermal coal outlook

Briefing note: Thermal coal outlook

Briefing note: Thermal coal outlook (pdf) By Tim Buckley,  Director of Energy Resource Studies, Australasia, IEEFA  

May 15, 2014 Read More →
Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition, and risk

Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition, and risk

Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition, and risk (pdf) By Tim Buckley,  Director of Energy Resource Studies, Australasia, IEEFA

April 18, 2014 Read More →

More News and Commentary

Financial support for Japanese coal industry is dissipating

Asian Power: Since 2012, 50 new coal-fired power plants have been proposed in Japan. However, an increasing number of these proposals have been taken off the table and the number of projects in the development pipeline has dropped to 35. Investor and financier support for the coal industry in Japan is draining away at an […]

August 8, 2018 Read More →

Japanese investment bank launches $45 million fund to seed domestic ‘mega solar’ plants

Environmental Finance ($): Daiwa Securities Group has launched the Daiwa GI Green Fund, called the “Solar Fund,” with a committed capital of totally ¥5 billion (US$45 million). The two asset managers of the fund, which will invest into large-scale solar projects in Japan, are GI Capital Management and Daiwa Real Estate Asset Management. The fund […]

August 6, 2018 Read More →

Green energy push gains steam in corporate Japan

Nikkei Asian Review: More Japanese companies are promising to source all of their electricity from renewable energy in 10 to 30 years, a trend that could in turn spur investment to bolster grid capacity to accommodate demand. Tech provider Fujitsu will as early as this month join RE100, the global initiative of major companies committed […]

July 20, 2018 Read More →

Japan’s Nippon Life to end lending for new coal projects

The Asahi Shimbun: Nippon Life Insurance Co. plans to become the first leading Japanese financial institution to reject investments and loans into new coal-fired power generation projects at home and abroad, a company source said July 12. The decision, made by Japan’s largest life insurance company, may have a domino effect across the financial industry. […]

July 16, 2018 Read More →

Critics say Japan could be doing much more to support energy transition

Power Technology: The Japanese Government has pledged to boost the amount of energy coming from renewable sources to 22-24% by 2030 from the current level of 15%, an energy target described as ‘unambitious’ by critics. The government has reportedly done very little to promote the use of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. […]

July 5, 2018 Read More →

Organizers look to power Tokyo Olympics with 100% green energy

Digital Trends: With the Tokyo Olympics just two years away, the event’s organizing committee has announced it wants to power the games exclusively through renewable energy. That means building systems to supply the Games—both Olympic and Paralympic—with electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind and solar as part of efforts to promote decarbonization, the […]

June 26, 2018 Read More →

Japan’s SoftBank reportedly planning major investment in Indian solar

Reuters: SoftBank Group Corp has decided to invest $60 billion-$100 billion in solar power generation in India, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported on Friday. SoftBank and the Indian government are expected to reach a formal agreement soon after final arrangements are made, the report said without naming its sources. The company is expected to make […]

June 15, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA op-ed: Japan remains mostly stuck in the energy policy past

Overreliance on coal, and an odd reluctance to exploit national technology advantages

When G7 countries gather in Canada this week, it’s not unreasonable to expect that common ground will be hard to find in many policy areas. When it comes to energy policy, President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords and his pro-coal policies have grabbed headlines and caused furrowed brows among U.S. allies. With […]

June 5, 2018 Read More →

As global transition gains momentum, institutional investors question G7’s resistance

Reuters: Institutional investors with $26 trillion in assets under management called on Group of Seven leaders on Monday to phase out the use of coal in power generation to help limit climate change, despite strong opposition from Washington. Government plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions were too weak to limit warming as agreed by world […]

June 4, 2018 Read More →

Fossil Fuel Divestment Takes Hold in Japan

NBC News: Buddhist priest Tomonobu Narita admits he hadn’t thought much about energy policy until the Fukushima nuclear meltdown forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in 2011. Now he’s at the forefront of a budding movement in Japan to withdraw money from banks that provide finance for environmentally harmful energy projects. […]

May 30, 2018 Read More →