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 proposed a target of having 10GW installed by 2030 — 820MW of which would be offshore.
Japan expects 1.7% of its power to come from wind by that date.
However, Japan is still heavily reliant on coal, oil and gas, but moved away 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. An bill requiring designated offshore wind project construction zones to be set up and 30-year occupation leases for developers was being discussed in parliament.
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
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.
JAPAN: No longer judged ineffective, policy support for offshore projects in Japan will see the country slowly embrace renewables.
JAPAN: The prospects for wind power in Japan during 2014 can only be described as poor.
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.
DENMARK/JAPAN: MHI Vestas has had trademarks approved for the words 'V174-9.0MW' and 'V174-9.1MW' in the European Union.
JAPAN: Power generation company J-Power has signed an agreement with French utility Engie to jointly work on "power projects, particularly in large-scale commercial offshore wind projects".
JAPAN: Early reports indicate damaged caused to wind farms during Typhoon Cimarron and Jebi was minimal, according to the Japanese Wind Power Association (JWPA).
JAPAN: A floating demonstration project using an Ideol platform and an Aerodyn turbine has completed construction in the port at Kitakyushu in the south-west of the country.
TAIWAN: Japanese general trading company Mitsui has acquired a 50% stake in the Taiwanese branch of Yushan Energy, thereby also purchasing a 20% stake in the 1GW Hai Long offshore wind projects.