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Govt urges cuts in renewable energy costs

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A government white paper on Friday called for cuts in costs for consumers to promote power generation from renewable energy sources.

The government aims to make renewable energy Japan’s main power source to achieve its greenhouse gas reduction targets set based on the Paris Agreement, an international framework to combat global warming.

Costs of electricity generation using renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, in Japan are “higher than international levels,” said the annual report on energy, adopted at a Cabinet meeting.

It is necessary to lower feed-in tariffs, or prices paid to renewable energy producers, to decrease the additional fees to cover the tariffs imposed on electricity users, the report added.

The report also said the government will promote stable growth of such power producers.

After a string of natural disasters last year, the government will take steps to increase the maximum amounts of electricity that can be transmitted between regional power companies, the report said.

The report referred to the topic after a huge earthquake stopped power plants in Hokkaido in September, causing an unprecedented blackout across the island.

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