Windpower Monthly rating 3.5/5

Our rating is based on a combination of project pipeline, political and policy support, investor confidence and structural readiness of the country in terms of grid infrastructure, permitting process and local supply chain.

Forecast of installed and operating wind power capacity based on the latest statisitics and measured against the Windpower Intelligence database.

The government is broadly supportive, obliging utilities to buy renewable power under feed-in tariff laws, and has removed an 820MW limit on offshore wind development. However, it has yet to set a new target.

Japan expects 1.7% of its power to come from wind by 2030.

However, it is still heavily reliant on coal, oil and gas, but moved away from nuclear since the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

The country also has tough environmental impact assessment procedures, concerns about grid accessibility, and no mechanism for consumers to sign direct power purchase agreements with wind power generation companies.

Analysts expect such regulatory barriers to be removed.

The country is set to commit to additional offshore capacity. A bill requiring designated offshore wind project construction zones to be set up and 30-year occupation leases for developers is due to be discussed in parliament.

Tender Watch

Japan In-Depth

Market Status: Japan - Offshore tariff bodes well for big potential

Market Status: Japan - Offshore tariff bodes well for big potential

JAPAN Improving its position in the future depends on the government's efforts (and success) in deregulating the power grid, easing environmental testing burdens and committing to an ambitious renewable energy target ahead of the COP 21 UN climate change summit

Test site signals Japan progress

Test site signals Japan progress

JAPAN: Pressure likely to increase on power companies to increase sustainable energy on the grid, while expanding offshore into ever more ambitious hybrid technologies, following the government's selection of four test sites for wind and ocean-based power.

Land of the rising sun sees glimpse of dawn for wind

Land of the rising sun sees glimpse of dawn for wind

JAPAN: No longer judged ineffective, policy support for offshore projects in Japan will see the country slowly embrace renewables.

Japan - Environmental rules hinder development

Japan - Environmental rules hinder development

JAPAN: The prospects for wind power in Japan during 2014 can only be described as poor.

Japan plays the long game with floating technology

Japan plays the long game with floating technology

JAPAN: The solitary wind turbine floating in the Pacific Ocean, 20 kilometres from Japan's eastern coast, has become something of a poster boy for the wind industry.

Latest Japan news

Hitachi buys major stake of ABB unit

Japanese technology giant Hitachi has announced plans to acquire an 80.1% stake in ABB's power and grids business for an estimated JPY 704 billion ($6.4 billion), with the option to buy the remainder.

Japanese parliament passes offshore bill

JAPAN: Parliament has approved a bill paving the way for development rights in potential offshore wind zones to be auctioned as early as spring 2019, according to the Japanese Wind Power Association (JWPA).

Mitsubushi to monitor Japanese battery

JAPAN: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will monitor and control battery and power conditioners for energy storage systems capable of enabling about 600MW of wind turbines to be connected to the grid.

Updated: Japanese offshore bill reintroduced

JAPAN: The cabinet has again approved a bill for the promotion of offshore wind after it was not passed before the end of this summer's parliamentary session.

Senvion and Toshiba to cooperate in Japan

JAPAN: Senvion has entered into an agreement with Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions (Toshiba ESS) to market, sell, install and operate the German manufacturer's turbines in Japan.

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