Carolinians have an advantage in carbon-free power. One country wants to approach the enviable spot Carolinians enjoy.

The power source: Nuclear.

Who wants more: Japan.

Really, Japan, where in 2011 an earthquake and tsunami caused so much energy damage.

“Japan plans carbon emission cuts, more nuclear energy,” is the headline. The Japanese cabinet adopted a policy this month to reduce carbon emissions and its use of fossil fuels (those fuels are coal, oil and natural gas, for instance).

“Japan faces the urgent task of reducing carbon emissions by utilities that rely heavily on fossil fuel plants to make up for shortages of cleaner nuclear energy. The call comes as nuclear reactors around Japan are slowly being restarted – despite lingering anti-nuclear sentiment since the Fukushima crisis – after being shut down to meet tougher safety standards,” says the news report.

Nuclear energy supplies 32 percent of NC electricity (source) and 58 percent of SC electricity (source). Carbon-free electricity.

“Japan wants renewable energy’s share in 2030 to grow to 22-24% of the country’s power supply from 16%, while pushing nuclear energy to 20-22% from just 3% in 2017. The report said the cost of renewables also needs to be reduced,” says Japan Today.

When a nation that has faced such a traumatic natural disaster, compounded by an energy disaster, commits to carbon-free power and more nuclear, that speaks volumes about the serious need for carbonless power and a diverse energy portfolio.

North and South Carolina have energy advantages to maintain.


(Feature image: Oconee Nuclear Station, South Carolina. Image from Duke Energy Media Galley)