Energy Blue Print
Japan 2012

Moving from principles to action for energy supply that mitigates against climate change requires a long-term perspective. Energy infrastructure takes time to build up; new energy technologies take time to develop. Policy shifts often also need many years to take effect. In most world regions the transformation from fossil to renewable energies will require additional investment and higher supply costs over about twenty years

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1.5 japan: future costs of electricity generation

Figure 1.6 shows that the introduction of renewable technologies under the Energy [R]evolution scenario slightly increases the costs of electricity generation in Japan compared to the Reference scenario. This difference will be less than 1.1 cent/kWh up to 2020, however. Because of the lower CO2 intensity of electricity generation, electricity generation costs will become economically favourable under the Energy [R]evolution scenarios and by 2050 costs will be more than 6 cents/kWh below those in the Reference scenario.

Under the Reference scenario, by contrast, unchecked growth in demand, an increase in fossil fuel prices and the cost of CO2 emissions result in total electricity supply costs rising from today’s $77 billion per year to more than $252 bn in 2050. Figure 1.6 shows that the Energy [R]evolution scenario not only complies with Japan’s CO2 reduction targets but also helps to stabilise energy costs. Increasing energy efficiency and shifting energy supply to renewables lead to long term costs for electricity supply that are one third lower than in the Reference scenario.

In both Energy [R]evolution scenarios, the specific generation costs are almost on the same level until 2030. By 2050 however, the advanced version results in a reduction of 9 cents/kWh lower generation costs, mainly because of better economics of scale in renewable power equipment. Despite the increased electricity demand especially in the transport sector the overall total supply costs in 2040 are $11 bn lower in the advanced case than in the basic case. In 2050 total supply costs are $23 bn lower than in the Basic Energy [R]evolution scenario.