Energy estimates that defy belief

Great editorial (Nov. 10). Unfortunately the following paragraph is less than clear — although highly ironic!:

“The Environment Ministry estimates that wind energy could amount to 1.6 billion kilowatts, nearly eight times the current capacity of Japan’s power companies. That makes sense to corporations such as Marubeni, Toda, Fuji Heavy Metal and Hitachi, which have been working with researchers at Kyoto University and Kyushu University to develop materials, designs and implementation.”

While I’m sure the first sentence makes sense to the companies you mention, can you please clarify for the layman? Is the writer of the editorial really saying that wind power could provide eight times Japan’s power requirements!? Or, at the very least, 100 percent?

martin
from the japan times online

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