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There are times when destruction opens the door to new avenues of creation and progress. An example is consolidated in Japan where, after the earthquake and the tsunami of 8.9 degrees which shook the north-east of the country, the country not only refloates, but also advances slowly but surely towards a true revolution: that of the energy sovereignty more and more cities, who do not resign themselves to being at the mercy of fate if the disaster happens again as it did on March 11, 2011.

Higashi Matsushima, a coastal town which could not avoid the shocks of that day, is one of those which mark the path activated by dozens of Japanese populations.

It is none other than rebuild the energy infrastructure to move from external dependence to independence, at least partial. In part because, for the moment, it is estimated that this town in Miyagi Prefecture has created the ecosystem necessary to meet the energy needs of a quarter of its population, estimated at just under 40,000 inhabitants, by its own. means.

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For this, the bet is clear: micro-grids, called energy islands, integrated by solar energy systems and batteries for Energy Storage. These would allow the city to continue operating on its own for at least three days in the event of a drop in the conventional network.

A decisive element of this commitment to energy self-sufficiency is found in the “ National Resilience Program ”. As the name suggests, the initiative launched by the Japanese government seeks to encourage initiatives that strengthen the resilience of the country. “To avoid having to repeat the measures a posteriori (..) it is important to prepare in advance for large-scale disasters”, aim for a initiative what calls for action “Integral” after “Lessons Learned from the Great Earthquake in Eastern Japan”.

Thus, in the list of actions to be encouraged – that the text calls for “The Worst Events That Should Never Happen”– are listed all those who avoid prolonged suspensions of the electricity supply which, in the event of a natural disaster, jeopardize any emergency action; medical treatment of victims included.

The funds provided by this program are those that made it possible, after the destruction in 2011, to make Higashi Matsushima more resilient today, precisely because of the shift to producing electricity locally and from clean sources.

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Along this path, where the weight of large power plants is less, other communities are advancing throughout the country. In addition, their the authorities plan to increase the budget for the national resilience program. In fact, it could increase by 24%, as shown Reuters.

The aforementioned agency also points out that the main destination of the funds planned for the fiscal year which will begin in April 2018 will be intelligent energy management systems, as well as distributed generation systems. These systems, in particular, follow the path taken by Higashi Matsushima because it is a small-scale production that combines solar energy, wind power and natural gas.

“We are committed to promoting initiatives that foster national resilience with the aim of creating a safe earth, as well as a society that has sufficient strength and capacity even in the face of disaster., they maintain government on their commitment and their commitment to the future which implies winning the game of energy independence.