Title: Japan stresses cost of ending nuclear power as decision looms
Authors: Linda Sieg and Aaron Sheldrick; Additional reporting by Risa Maeda, Kentao Hamada and Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Robert Birsel
Date: Sep 5, 2012
a forecast [by Japan's government said] that household energy bills would by 2030 rise by nearly double 2010 levels if Japan abandoned nuclear power.
But that has been disputed.
Predictions that power bills would double fail to take into account people’s efforts to cut energy use, other experts said.
Some experts said those figures were not only too high but also underestimated the positive economic impact of investment in renewable energy and conservation.
Given the deep divisions on the issue, political parties are eager to defuse it, most likely with vague promises, analysts said.
Arnie Gunderson, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education Corp
- “It is wrong and clearly designed to frighten the population to continue using nuclear power plants”
- “What will dramatically increase electric bills is the true cost to clean up after the (Fukushima) Daiichi disaster”
Hiroshi Komiyama, chairman of Mitsubishi Research Institute
- “Our estimate is that households will use 60 to 70 percent less electricity by 2030″
- “Our calculation is that households would pay less than half of the current payments by 2030″
Renewable energy guru Tetsunari Iida, head of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies
- “[Gov't claims are] very reasonable because it assumes quite expensive renewable costs”
- “Also, such investment would stimulate the economy, but they are assuming that it is a burden”
Koichi Nakano, a professor at Sophia University
- “Vested interests, on the one hand, and the more unorganised public opinion are going in different directions”
- “All they want to do is … avoid making it a central issue of the election”
Published: September 6th, 2012 at 2:58 pm ET