TOKYO, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Average Japanese household monthly energy bills would nearly double to $411 by 2030 if nuclear power-generation is eliminated, the government said.
A government document, quoted by Kyodo News, said currently the average monthly bill amounts to about $215.
Noda had asked for guidance if Japan were to end its reliance on nuclear power entirely in the wake of last year's deadly nuclear crisis at the earthquake-struck Fukushima nuclear plant.
A government poll last month indicated 70 percent to 80 percent of respondents wanted dependence on nuclear-generated power reduced to zero or 15 percent by 2030.
The panel will use the poll results to create a basic energy strategy for the country, including how nuclear power would be used in the future.
The panel said the high interest in banning nuclear power indicated a serious distrust of the government and of the safety of nuclear facilities.