According to The Asahi Shimbun, a state-of-the-art coal-fired power plant that will soon go online in the seaside town of Taketoyo in Aichi Prefecture is expected to help alleviate Japan’s electricity supply shortage.
But the move to power up such a major carbon emitter as other major industrialized countries push toward decarbonization has been criticized as a step in the wrong direction.
The new unit boasts the highest level of electricity-generating capacity among thermal power stations in Japan, with a maximum output of 1.07 gigawatts, which is almost the same as that of a nuclear power reactor.
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