From: Yale Environment 360
Published September 19, 2017 03:12 PM

Rebuilding from 2011 Earthquake, Japanese Towns Choose to Go Off the Grid

Many of the cities in northern Japan damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami are building back their electric grids with renewable energy and micro-grids — bucking the nation’s old, centralized utility system by making communities in the region self-sufficient in generating electricity, Reuters reported.

The city of Higashi Matsushima, for example, lost nearly three-quarters of its homes and 1,100 people in the disaster, which also led to the meltdown of the nearby Fukushima Nuclear facility. The city, population 40,000, has since received money from Japan’s National Resilience Program to rebuild, choosing to construct micro-grids and decentralized renewable power, which currently supply about 25 percent of the city’s electricity needs.

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