Japan's post-Fukushima challenge: implications from the German experience on renewable energy policy

Huenteler, Joern, Schmidt, Tobias S. and Kanie, Norichika, (2012). Japan's post-Fukushima challenge: implications from the German experience on renewable energy policy. Energy Policy, 45 6-11

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    Author Huenteler, Joern
    Schmidt, Tobias S.
    Kanie, Norichika
    Title Japan's post-Fukushima challenge: implications from the German experience on renewable energy policy
    Appearing in Energy Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
    Volume 45
    Publication Date 2012-06
    Place of Publication Amsterdam
    Publisher Elsevier
    Start page 6
    End page 11
    Abstract

    The Japanese electricity sector is facing serious challenges in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The government has responded to the crisis with a new feed-in-tariff to promote increased utilization of renewable energy, and proposed to reduce the dependence on nuclear power. In this viewpoint, we liken the transition implied by recently updated goals for the diffusion of renewables in Japan to the transition in Germany in the last decade. We argue that some of the lessons learned in Germany might prove valuable for the steps Japan considers taking. In particular, we focus on the new Japanese feed-in tariff for solar photovoltaics. In view of the recent developments in Germany, we emphasize the importance of the scheme's political legitimacy, which needs to be maintained through adequate design of both policy instrument and political process. We conclude with policy implications and a targeted research agenda.

    Keyword Nuclear energy
    Solar photovoltaics
    Feed-in-tariff
    Copyright Holder Elsevier
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 0301-4215
    DOI 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.02.041
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