The end of nuclear

Japan's shutdown of all nuclear power generation is a symbol of the world moving away from nuclear and Australia must now wake up to the renewable revolution.

It happened at 5pm on Saturday the 5th of May: Tomari Reactor number 3, operated by Hokkaido electric, ceased production. This means that Japan is now nuclear free for the first time since 1966.

But life is going on. Japan now has 54 mothballed or destroyed nuclear reactors. Prior to the Fukushima disaster there were 47.5GWe of nuclear generation capacity, the equivalent of twice Australia's entire baseload capacity.

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