Japan, GWEC form joint task force for offshore wind

Wind turbine in Japanese waters. Author: mmatsuura.

February 28 (Renewables Now) - The Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) have formed a joint task force to accelerate the growth of offshore wind in Japan.

The new Japan Offshore Wind Task Force will include key local and global industry players and work to address the main bottlenecks in the sector. It will be supported in its work by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).

Chaired by JWPA's President, Jin Kato, and GWEC’s Chair of Global Offshore Wind Task Force, Alastair Dutton, the task force's first job will be to deliver cost reduction study to explore the long-term offshore wind potential in Japan. This study is scheduled to be released in October 2020 at the Global Offshore Wind Summit – Japan.

JWPA's President sees direct investment from offshore wind in Japan possibly reaching between JPY 5 trillion (USD 45.6bn/EUR 41.5bn) and JPY 6 trillion by 2030.

"2020 will be a turning point for offshore wind in Japan as new regulations come into place that will open new doors for this nascent market. Considering the high population density and limited land availability of the country, it simply makes sense to take advantage of the power potential of offshore wind on Japan’s 29,751 km coastline to drive the country’s energy transition," said Kato.

At end-2019, Japan had 65.6 MW of offshore wind capacity, including five floating turbines with a combined capacity of 19 MW. The island nation has 13 GW in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.

(JPY 100 = USD 0.913/EUR 0.830)

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