Japan’s energy industry embraces biomass


Japan’s energy system has undergone several transitions over the past century, in response to changing market conditions and political and environmental shocks, and is experiencing one such transition right now. Regulators are balancing sensitive political, economic and environmental challenges as they look to build a “Best Energy Mix” for the year 2030. The Best Energy Mix, revealed in an energy plan by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry earlier this year, includes plans to restart selected nuclear facilities, new coal development, and a renewable energy goal of 23 percent by 2030.