introduction of 4.8 GW from PV by 2010 and 102 GW by 2030. The latter target corresponds to about 10% of total electricity demand. To achieve this goal, it is necessary to reduce the power generation cost to about 7 yen/kWh which corresponds to the wholesale cost of electricity.
Introduction of wind power generation systems is progressing rapidly in areas with good wind conditions. The total capacity of around 700 MW was achieved in FY2003 and the target for 2010 is 3 GW.
High priority is also placed on the development of fuel cells. Aiming at the early introduction of fuel cell vehicles, much effort is being done in R&D.
Biomass energy has a huge potential as future renewable energy source because of its variety and many different applications. A new initiative called "Biomass Japan" was established in 2002 by six ministries to realize a sustainable society by comprehensively utilizing various biomass products as energy resources.
Although not included in "new energy," 19 geothermal power plants with more than 530 MW total capacity are under operation in Japan. Geothermal resources can become competitive with fossil fuel power generation in the long run, but it will be necessary to reduce the development cost and to introduce various measures to encourage further development of geothermal power.
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