Japan’s Lower House unanimously passed a bill on renewable energy on Tuesday. The bill is now in the Upper House.
The bill requires power utilities to buy all the electricity generated by natural energies such as solar and wind power for a certain period of time. The purchase prices will be set by the government.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan has made the enactment of the bill a condition for his resignation.
The bill was passed after revisions were made at its Lower House committee. They include establishment of a third party organization to decide on fair purchase prices.
Deliberations on the bill are expected to begin in the Upper House on Wednesday, with possible enactment by Friday.