Powering Japan’s Future

Since the nuclear crisis began in March, interest in renewable energy has been growing fast. Here, in a 2-page special, Winifred Bird examines the options and weighs the pros and cons

Last year, Japan produced close to one quadrillion watt-hours of electricity — that’s 1 followed by 15 zeros. The vast majority of that — which translates into one billion megawatt hours (MWh) — came from coal, natural gas and nuclear power plants operated by 10 utilities that, only a few months ago, seemed unshakably powerful.

Now, though, Japan’s energy future looks quite different.

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