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Small and Micro-Scale Hydropower in Japan

Small and Micro-Scale Hydropower in Japan?

Yveline Lecler    Université de Lyon, France    

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abstract

Although it has abundant water resources (small and micro-scale hydropower), whose potential is high according to surveys, Japan did not benefit much (compared to solar PV) from the Feed-in-Tariff scheme implemented in 2012 to more effectively support renewable energies. In a country whose energy self-sufficiency has always been low and is even lower since the Fukushima accident, this may seem somehow surprising. Based on available surveys, literature on renewables, some interviews with smart communities’ local authorities or researchers in Japan, this paper aims at discussing what the main issues relevant to explain this paradox are. It argues that reaching the government estimates towards 2050 will probably need more actions, incentives and, moreover, a simplification of regulations, especially those on water management, whose complexity is a major break to local promoters to engage in small and micro-scale hydropower projects, while local production/local consumption probably is one of the main issues for further development.

Pubblicato
26 Marzo 2018
Accettato
01 Febbraio 2017
Presentato
23 Gennaio 2017
Lingua
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-210-9
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-190-4

Keywords: Water management and regulationSmall and micro-scale hydropowerFeed-in-TariffJapanRenewable energies

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